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,
SEAN M NICCOLUCCI
Senior Squad Coach
Gold Squad Coach
swam 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 sectionals (2006 or 2007). I also represented
Capital High School Bruins Swimming, earning a silver medal in the
200 freestyle relay at MHSA state meet in 2007.
8&U and developmental squads for Helena Lions, 2010-2013 Helena
Lions beginners (Cubs) and over last 3 years had
the opportunity to work with all ages and skill levels on the
team (Developmental, Advanced, Jr/Sr).
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 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 watching
fast swimming and MAC does not disappoint!
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
Fayette Aqua Club 2007-2012
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 second year with MAC!
Bronze/Pre-Bronze Squad Coach
second year of Wildlife Biology, UM
years of competitive swimming, 4 years high school
position as swim coach
think it is important to encourage a positive environment for
swimmers. Teach kids to have a positive outlook on swimming and set
personal goals, teach them to race themselves first.
(hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.), passionate about swimming and
still enjoy racing and being part of a team.
Bronze/Pre-Bronze Squad Coach
studying elementary education and Spanish at the University of
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.
coaching experience; taught swim lessons at the Grizzly Pool and at
the YMCA in Hawaii for a few years.
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.
outdoors, hiking, camping and swimming. Enjoy spending time
with family and friends and anything and everything to do with