Spent Eight Years As Diving Coach At Michigan
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Chris Bergère, who spent eight years at the helm of the diving program at the University of Michigan, has been named the men’s and women’s diving coach at Yale. Bergère helped the Wolverine men’s program to seven top-10 national finishes in swimming and diving during his tenure and was named the Big Ten Women’s Diving Coach of the Year in 2008.
With the Michigan men, Bergère coached Jason Coben to the 2003 NCAA platform diving championship, the first in school history. Coben won the platform diving title and was named the Big Ten Conference Diver of the Championships in both 2003 and 2004. The Wolverines claimed three Big Ten championships during his tenure.
The women's swimming and diving program twice finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships during his coaching career and claimed the 2004 conference title. Bergère helped Elyse Lee qualify for three straight NCAA Championships during her career, capping it with All-America honorable mention in the one-meter springboard with a 14th-place finish at the 2008 NCAAs.
On the international scene, Bergère led the United States diving team at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. It marked the second time he coached the national team at that level (2003). He was a diving coach at the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Bergère joined the Michigan coaching staff following 17 years as the head men's and women's diving coach (1986-2002) at his alma mater, LaSalle University. He was named the conference's Diving Coach of the Year eight times during his tenure with the Explorers, including four straight seasons from 1999 through 2002. Bergère was asked to lead the LaSalle program immediately following his graduation in 1986 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in personnel and labor relations and marketing.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity