MAC Head Coach Senior/National Squad
BA Harvard 1989, MS University of MT 1995,
JD University of MT 1998
Swimming Experience :
An accomplished competitive swimmer for the
United States, winning four (4) Olympic medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver,
and 1 Bronze). He also set numerous Ivy League, NCAA, United States
and World Records during his career.
Berkoff revolutionized the world of
swimming by refining a technique whose origins date back to the
1920s – the dolphin kick. In the late 1980s, he began
consistently winning races by dolphin-kicking underwater at the
start of each race and after each flip turn, for as much as 35
meters at a time. He quickly went on to be a world-class champion,
winning two Olympic medals in 1988, and two more in 1992. Not
surprisingly, given the media’s love of alliteration, his
technique was termed the “Berkoff
1992-present MAC Coach
Harvard Men’s Swim Team volunteer
Bernal’s Gator Swim Club assistant
Hard work leads to success in life.
One needs to balance hard work with sharing knowledge, teaching the
“why’s” and “how’s” to
athletes, and fun!
Fly fishing, Mountain Biking, Gardening
Senior & Silver Squad Coach
Education: B.A. Communications, Fresno Pacific University
Swimming experience: Club swimming 5 to 18. College
Swimming at Fresno Pacific University 2008 to 2012, NAIA National
Champions 2010 and 2011.
Coaching Experience: Palm Springs Aquatics 2005 to 2008,
Five Cities Swim Club 2012 to 2014, Present MAC
Coaching Philosophy: Focus on a commitment to consistency,
develop skills to be applied inside and outside of swimming, and
Hobbies/Passions: Running, swimming, hiking, eating,
sleeping, friends, family.
Gold Squad Coach
competitively for Helena Lions Swim Team for 10 years, beginning in
1998. During that time I specialized in backstroke and distance
freestyle events. I attended several AG sectional and Zones meets
in my career, highlighted by a second place finish in the 1650 free
at AG sectionals (2006 or 2007). I also represented Capital High
School Bruins Swimming, earning a silver medal in the 200 freestyle
relay at MHSA state meets in 2007.
8&U and developmental squads for Helena Lions.
Helena Lions (Cubs, Developmental, Advanced, Jr/Sr).
I believe that anyone who wants to should
be able to enjoy the sport of competitive swimming to their fullest
potential. Every member of a team is very important, and
should be treated as such. My goal is to impress all of my
love and knowledge of this activity on young athletes so they may
come to enjoy it for the entirety of their lives. I
particularly focus my energies on teaching safety skills, proper
technique, strong work ethic, and mental preparedness to my
outdoors, hiking, disc golf, birdwatching, floating, and riding my
bike. I enjoy many types of music and try to get to a concert
or so each year. I also enjoy bowling, but above all I love fast
swimming and MAC does not disappoint!
Gold Squad Coach
Fine Arts, University of Montana
swimming from age 8-18. High school swimming for Flathead High
School and one of the team captains for the girls team. Zones
qualifier: 100 butterfly 200 IM. Triathlons through The
swim lessons for ages 8-10. Mentor for younger club swimmers
teaching them technique and flip turns.
and foremost swimming should be fun and enjoyable! I believe
technique has a large part in making a swimmer more efficient and
successful. Endurance should be built steadily and
consistently. Goals should help a swimmer keep motivation and
biking, hiking, camping, music (I sing locally in Missoula), art,
Silver Squad Coach
Edinboro University of
Pennsylvania-BFA 2003-2007; Carlow University-Teacher Certification
Lebanon Aqua Club 1995-2003, Mt. Lebanon High School 1999-2003,
Edinboro University 2003-2007
South Fayette Aqua Club
It is important to focus on the little things in swimming. A
focus on technique will enable swimmers to train better and
race faster. I also believe that team work and team support
are vital to ensure success. Lastly, I want all swimmers to
love racing and have fun!
Ceramics, photography, printmaking and teaching as well as fishing
and hiking. Also, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and
I am excited to be coaching for my third year with MAC!
Pre-Bronze/Bronze Squad Coach
Bachelor of Arts, University Green Bay Wisconsin
I started swimming at age nine through the YMCA, I continued through high school and eventually swam for the University of Green Bay Wisconsin.
I have coached several clinics was well as numerous private lessons for athletes looking to improve technique and conditioning.
A coach needs to provide guidance to an athlete, however I also believe that the transaction between coach and athlete is more balanced than most people think. It is believed that, “A coach says and a swimmer does.” I see this explanation as oversimplified. I believe a swimmer should be able to give the coach feedback as much as the coach directs the practice.
Hobbies, interests, passions, etc.:
My passions include reading, cinema and mountain biking.
Bronze/Pre-Bronze Squad Coach
B.A., Education, University of Montana, 2014
Elementary teacher, St. Joseph School, Missoula, MT, 2014 - Present
Swam competitively for Maui Dolphins Swim Club during elementary and high school. Also swam on varsity high school swim team for all four years of high school.
2012-present MAC Coach
Taught swim lessons at the Grizzly Pool and at the YMCA in Hawaii
I've had some great coaches throughout my life and I've learned much of my coaching philosophy from them. I believe kids should be able to develop their swimming abilities and receive corrective feedback in a way that is positive and helps them develop a love and passion for swimming.
Being outdoors, hiking, camping and swimming. Enjoy spending time with family and friends and anything and everything to do with music!