|| Jeff Berghoff
Jeff Berghoff enters his eighth year as the assistant head coach for Pitt women's swimming, and his14th year on the Panthers' swimming and diving coaching staff.
A native of Murrysville, Pa., Berghoff arrived at Pitt in 1999, serving as an assistant coach on the women's team for three seasons. In addition to working with both squads the past 10 years, he also assumed the role as a co-coach to Team Pittsburgh, a club swim team at Pitt in 1996. Along with his duties as assistant coach, Berghoff is also the recruiting coordinator for the women's team.
Berghoff specializes in middle distance events and has helped assist in securing top-five finishes at the Big East Championship the past 13 years, including just one under fourth-place.
This past year, Berghoff helped guide six Panthers to NCAA provisional finishes, including Joanna Budzis (200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 free relay), Dani des Tombe (800 free relay), Kelsey Herbst (500 free, 800 free relay), Renee Deschenes (100 back), Kate Dunseith (800 free relay) and Veronica Lee (200 breast).
Additionally, Budzis (400 IM - 4:18.30) and Herbst (500 free - 4:46.86) eclipsed school records, while des Tombe broke the rookie standard in the 50 free (23.13).
Berghoff worked closely with Kristen McMullan during the 2010-11 season. McMullan broke the school record in the 50 free at the 2011 Big East Championships with a NCAA provisional finish of 22.86. Later that year, McMullan was honored with the University of Pittsburgh's Blue-Gold Award for her athletic and academic achievement for her four years as a student-athlete.
In addition, 30 members of the swimming and diving team garnered Big East Academic All-Star accolades. The women's team held the highest percentage of nominees in both men's and women's sports.
Berghoff was instrumental in the Olympic Trial training of Kristin Brown. Over her collegiate career at Pitt (2003-07), Brown set numerous school records in the freestyle events and advanced to the NCAA Championships as both a junior and senior.
Berghoff also worked with backstroke standouts Andrea Shoust and Carolyn Savini. In 2007, Shoust swept the backstroke events at the Big East Championship and became the first Panther to win conference crowns in the 100 and 200 back since 1987. Shoust and Brown qualified for the NCAA's that season, marking the first time in nearly 20 years for the program.
A 2003 graduate, Savini left her mark in Pitt history with school records in the 50 back, 200 back and 200 IM during her career. She finished her career as a NCAA All-America honorable mention awardee in the 200 back.
Berghoff first became familiar with the Pitt swimming program through his association with Team Pittsburgh Aquatics which began in 1996. He was the head coach at Oakland Catholic High School for four years, where he coached 15 different NISCA High School All-Americans and the 1999 Pennsylvania State Championship teams. He coached former Pitt standout Jordan Wallace at Oakland Catholic. Berghoff was reunited with Wallace after she transferred to Pitt her junior year. She was a Big East Champion in the 50 and 100 free events in 2006.
Berghoff is serving in his second stint as Head Age Group Coach of Team Pittsburgh and has produced 12 senior national qualifiers.
His club team captured the Speedo Championship Series with five individual champions in 2003. That summer, the women's 800-free relay became the Summer Sectional Meet record-holder for that event. Team Pittsburgh Aquatics also won the prestigious STAR Summer Invitational in Buffalo in 2003.
Adding to his long list of accomplishments, Berghoff has coached 12 Olympic Trials qualifiers, along with one Olympic Games participant and one All-Africa Games participant. Berghoff has coached several Allegheny Mountain Swimming record holders, along with two U.S. Open finalists and two senior national finalists. Other swimmers under Berghoff have won the esteemed Got Milk scholarship, in addition to being a finalist for both the Marshall scholarship and the Rhodes scholarship.
Berghoff earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. He lives in Monroeville, Pa. with his wife, Mykie and three sons: Ryan, Justin and Jacob.