MAC Head Coach
MAC Head Coach beginning August, 2016 - National/Senior/Silver Squad Coach
Education: B.A. Communications, Fresno Pacific University 2012
Swimming experience: Club swimming 5 to 18. College Swimming at Fresno Pacific University 2008 to 2012, NAIA National Champions 2010 and 2011.
Coaching Experience: MAC Head Coach 2016-present, MAC Senior/National/Silver Squad Asst. Coach from 2014-2016, Five Cities Swim Club 2012 to 2014, Palm Springs Aquatics 2005 to 2008.
Coaching Philosophy: Focus on a commitment to consistency, develop skills to be applied inside and outside of swimming, and have fun!
Hobbies/Passions: Running, swimming, hiking, eating, sleeping, friends, family.
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
Administrative/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!
Silver Squad Coach
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania-BFA 2003-2007; Carlow University-Teacher Certification 2008-2009
Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club 1995-2003, Mt. Lebanon High School 1999-2003, Edinboro University 2003-2007
2007-2012 South Fayette Aqua Club
2012-present MAC Coach
It is important to focus>
Ceramics, photography, printmaking and teaching as well as fishing and hiking. Also, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins. I am excited to be coaching for my fifth year with MAC!