Tim Wise
Tim Wise
Title: Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Men’s Swimming and Diving
Phone: 203-432-1498
Email: timothy.wise@yale.edu
Previous College: Southern Connecticut State '93

Tim Wise was named Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Men’s Swimming and Diving on May 6, 2010. Wise had been an assistant coach at Yale for 12 seasons prior to that.

In 2011-12, Wise's second season at the helm, the Bulldogs made dramatic progress. He led the team to a 6-2 record, setting eight school records in the process. Yale also had a pair of swimmers compete at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.

In 2012-13, the Bulldogs improved even further, compiling a 9-2 regular season record and a fourth place finish at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.

In 2013-14,  Wise guided the team to an 8-3 regular season record and finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships again. The Bulldogs hosted the HYP meet, finishing only 35 points behind Princeton and setting five Kiphuth Exhibition Pool records. Seven team records were broken during the season, and Wise coached sophomore Brian Hogan at the NCAA Championships. 

Under Wise, the Bulldogs have also enjoyed academic success. They have had the best grade-point average in the country for six straight semesters.

During his tenure as an assistant to Frank Keefe, Wise helped Yale swimmers set 22 university records and win 16 individual and two relay Ivy League Championship titles. In addition, two of his swimmers competed at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials. Wise was responsible for the sprinters starting in 2004, and they accounted for more than 50 percent of Yale’s points at the Ivy League Championships during his time coaching them.

Alex Righi became one of the most decorated swimmers in Yale history under Wise’s guidance. Righi, an 11-time All-American, won the Moriarty Trophy as the Swimmer of the Meet at the Ivy League Championships three times and finished second in both the 50 and 100 freestyles at the NCAA Championships as a junior and tied the American record in the 50 freestyle as a senior. While at Yale, Wise also serves as the head coach of the Omni Swim Club, a Yale-based USA Swimming club. He was named the 2008 Connecticut Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.

Prior to Yale, Wise served as the head coach at Southern Connecticut State University, where he guided the Owls to a 21-9 dual-meet record in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Conference. He also has experience as an assistant coach at Texas A&M and Arizona State.

Wise is a 1993 Southern Connecticut State graduate. He lives in Wethersfield, Conn., with his wife, Lisa, and children Matt and Katie.

Kevin Norman
Kevin Norman
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 203-436-8909
Email: kevin.norman@yale.edu
Previous College: North Carolina-Wilmington '06

Kevin Norman joined the Yale swimming coaching staff in August of 2010.

Norman came to Yale from the University of the South, where he was an assistant coach, helping both the men’s and women’s teams to top-four finishes at the SCAC Championships. The Tigers finished the year with 14 All-Conference performances and an NCAA Division III All-American. In addition, Norman led the team’s strength and conditioning program and worked with all swimmers, particularly focusing on the distance group. In 2008-09, he was a volunteer assistant at Yale, while also serving as an assistant coach for the Omni Swim Club. In his season at Yale, Norman coached the Bulldogs at the ECAC Championships where they finished eighth with just 10 swimmers.

Norman is a 2006 graduate of North Carolina-Wilmington where he served as captain of the swimming team and helped the Seahawks to four consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championships. He earned the Seahawk Award as a senior for his leadership skills before spending another year in Wilmington as a strength and conditioning intern and student-assistant coach. Following graduation, he earned his M.S. in exercise science-human performance at Southern Connecticut in 2009.

Norman lives in Wallingford, Conn., with his wife, Kim, and son, Ryder.

Chris Bergère
Chris Bergère
Title: Diving Coach
Phone: 203-432-6591
Email: christopher.bergere@yale.edu
Previous College: LaSalle '86

Chris Bergère was named the men’s and women’s diving coach at Yale in the fall of 2010, and he has just finished his fifth season with the Bulldogs.  

Under Bergère's guidance, Tyler Pramer '14 became one of the Ivy League's best divers, winning the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver Award for scoring the most championship points of any diver in the Ivy League's Class of 2014.  Paige Meneses ’13 and Rachel Rosenberg ‘12 also flourished under Bergère's guidance and earned the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver Award in 2012/13 respectively.  Paige and Rachel also earned winter academic All-Ivy recognition during their senior seasons.

Last year, Bergère coached Lilybet MacRae to All-Ivy First Team honors, third place in the NCAA Zone A Regional Diving Championships (1-meter and 3-meter) and an appearance in the NCAA Division I Championships during her freshman season. She also earned the Rick Gilbert award given to the outstanding women’s diver at the Ivy League Championships.

During the 2014-2015 season, Bergere coached four divers to the NCAA Diving Zone meet.  Bergere also coached the divers to several top-8 and top-16 finishes at the 2015 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, including two second place finishes for sophomore Lilybet MacRae.  

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.  He also was a judge at the 2008 Olympic Diving Trials.  This coming year, he will be the head USA judge for the FINA Diving Grand Prix Meet in Veracruz, Mexico.  He was J.O. Diving Coach 2000 in Munich Germany.

Bergère’s prior collegiate coaching experience includes eight years at the helm of the University of Michigan’s diving program, during which he helped the men’s program to seven top-10 national finishes in swimming and diving, helped the women’s program to two top-10 national finishes, coached a 2003 NCAA platform diving champion, and was named the Big Ten Women’s Diving Coach of the Year in 2008.  He has coached J.O National, Senior National and NCAA Champions. Bergere has been involved at every level of coaching from grass roots to national and international levels. 

Prior to his time at Michigan, Bergère spent 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.

Coach Bergere enjoys watching his own kids play sports.  He enjoys fine woodworking, fishing and reading.  He has completed 3 marathons and is an avid runner.


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