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, who spent eight years at the helm of the diving program at the University of Michigan, was named the men’s and women’s diving coach at Yale in the fall of 2010. 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.

Under Bergère's guidance, Tyler Pramer '13 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.

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.