Jim Henry concludes his third season as the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of women’s swimming and diving at Yale in 2015. Henry’s first three seasons have seen immense success and improvement for the Bulldogs as 18 of the possible 23 school records have been reset during his tenure. He looks to continue to improve the team’s performance at Ivy League Championships and qualify more athletes to the NCAA Division I Championships next year.
In his first season at Yale, Henry, along with assistant coach Dani Korman and diving coach Chris Bergère, led the Bulldogs to a 5-2 winning season in Ivy League dual meet competition. In addition, the Bulldogs took fourth place at the Ivy League Conference Championships. Eva Fabian, Callie Fosburgh, Alex Forrester, Cynthia Tsay, and Joan Weaver earned All-Ivy First Team honors and Cassidy Lapp and Paige Meneses earned All-Ivy Second Team honors. Three new Ivy League records were set: Forrester in the 100-yard butterfly (51.57) and 200-yard butterfly (1:54.60) and Callie Fosburgh, Alex Forrester, Cynthia Tsay and Joan Weaver in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.44).
The Bulldogs qualified two athletes, Fabian and Forrester, for the NCAA Division I Swimming Championships. Henry coached Forrester to a ninth place finish in the 200-yard butterfly and a 15th place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, and Fabian to a 23rd place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle. The Bulldogs finished in 34th place in the team rankings at NCAA Championships and Forrester earned All-American honors in both of her events.
Outside of the collegiate season, Henry co-coached Fabian to a third place finish at U.S. Open Water National Championships in the 10 km open water race and a third place finish at the World Championships in the 25 km in Barcelona, Spain.
Henry’s first season at Yale also saw success outside of the pool as the team was given CSCAA Scholastic All-American Honors for the 25th highest GPA in the nation. The Bulldogs earned a team GPA of 3.44 in the fall semester, which placed them as the third highest Ivy League school behind Brown and Harvard.
In his second season at Yale, Henry led the Bulldogs to a 4-3 Ivy League record and a third-place finish at the 2014 Ivy League Championships. Fabian earned Ivy League Swimmer of the Meet and Lilybet MacRae earned Ivy League Diver of the Meet honors. Nine athletes earned All-Ivy honors; Fabian, MacRae, Sydney Hirschi and Emma Smith earned All-Ivy First Team honors and Michelle Chintanaphol, Olivia Jameson, Casey Lincoln, Anna Wujciak and Kina Zhou earned All-Ivy Second Team honors. Two athletes, Fabian and MacRae, qualified for and competed at the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
The team improved their GPA rankings, earning CSCAA Scholastic All-American honors with the 16th highest team GPA (3.48) in the fall semester and the 19th highest team GPA (3.50) in the spring semester. Individual athletes Fabian and MacRae also earned First-Team CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors and Michelle Chintanaphol, Isla Hutchinson-Maddox, Olivia Jameson Casey Lincoln, Courtney Randolph, and Kina Zhou earned Second-Team CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors.
Again, Henry co-coached Fabian to a third place finish at U.S. Open Water National Championships in the 10 km open water race and a second place finish at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii.
During his third season at Yale, Henry led the Bulldogs to a 5-2 Ivy League dual meet record, defeating Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn. The team also finished in third place at the 2015 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships after being locked in a three-way race for first from day one of competition. They also scored nearly 200 more points than when they finishd in third place the previous season. Eleven athletes earned All-Ivy Honors; Eva Fabian, Pauline Kaminski, Cailley Silbert, Heidi VanderWel, Kina Zhou and Maddy Zimmerman earned All-Ivy First Team Honors and Fabian, Silbert, Hirschi, Jameson, Liu and Zhao earned All-Ivy Second Team Honors. Henry also led freshman Maddy Zimmerman to the 2015 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in the 100-yard butterfly.
The team saw immense success outside of the pool as well, as they were ranked 5th in the nation with their fall semester GPA of 3.54 and again earned CSCAA Scholastic All-Amreican honors.
Henry has been named as a United States National Team Coaching Member for the past three seasons, for Laura Sogar in the 2012-2013 season and for Fabian in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.
Henry’s previous collegiate coaching experience includes five years as assistant coach and one year as associate head coach for University of Texas, three years at the University of Denver, and three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Southern Methodist University.
Prior to getting into collegiate coaching, Henry was the aquatics director and head swimming coach for the Allen (Texas) Independent School District in 1998-99 and the aquatics director and head swim coach at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. (from 1995-98). Peddie finished fourth at the 1997 U.S. Nationals and was second at the U.S. Open that year. Henry led Peddie to the 1998 Junior National Team Championship and developed 31 high school All-Americans as well.
After arriving at Yale in the fall of 2012, Dani Korman has just completed her third year as assistant coach of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team.
In her first season with the Bulldogs in 2012-2013, she helped head coach Jim Henry to lead the team to a fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships and coached two athletes to the NCAA Division I Championships.
In her second season with the Bulldogs, Korman coached the team to a third-place finish at Ivy League Championships, an improvement upon the previous year.
The third season saw further improvement, as Korman helped lead the Bulldogs to another third place finish at the 2015 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, where they scored nearly 200 more points than the previous year. Korman also assisted in coaching Maddy Zimmerman to the 2015 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
Since Korman has been at Yale, multiple athletes have earned All-Ivy League honors and the majority of the school records have been re-set, and the team continues to improve under her watch. Yale has also been named a CSCAA Scholar All-America team in all three seasons that Korman has been at Yale.
Korman serves as the recruiting coordinator for the women’s swimming and diving team and her stellar efforts on the recruiting stage resulted in the class of 2018 being named the 17th best recruiting class in the nation, according to collegeswimming.com. That ranking placed the Bulldogs only one spot behind the University of Arizona, which won the NCAA Division I Championships in 2014.
In 2012, Korman was named Honorable Mention Rising Assistant Coach of the Year by collegeswimming.com. In 2014, she was nominated as Assistant Coach of the Year by collegeswimmingawards.com. She was also a speaker at the CSCAA National Convention in 2014.
Her prior collegiate coaching experience includes assistant coach at Johns Hopkins, where she helped both the men’s and women’s teams to a pair of top-10 NCAA finishes. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Korman served as the interim head coach of the Carthage College women’s team where she was named the 2008 Co-Coach of the Year and led the team to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Championship. In addition, she has served as an assistant swim coach and counselor for the University of Texas/Total Performance Swim Camp, where she worked with Henry.
Korman is a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College where she was part of four national championship teams. She was a seven-time All-American at Kenyon and served as team captain as a senior. She earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Carthage in 2008.
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.