Nike Swim Camp at the University of Pittsburgh

Nike Swim Camp at the University of Pittsburgh
Nike Swim Camp at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh, in Western Pennsylvania, has a beautiful main campus which is comprised of approximately 132 urban acres located in Pittsburgh's historic Oakland neighborhood. Come join us this summer and see why this has been a favorite camp location for swimmers for over a decade.

Campers train each day in the Joseph Clifton Trees Pool, one of the most beautiful indoor aquatic facilities in the country.

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Overnight Campers stay in student dorms located just down the street from the pool
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Videotaping and individual stroke analysis/instruction
  • Discussion topics: preparing for college, sports nutrition, injury prevention and personal goal setting
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
  • Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Chuck Knoles
Co-Director

Chuck Knoles

Chuck Knoles is in his 25th year at Pitt and his 13th season at the helm of both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

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Knoles has led the Panthers to 11 Big East Championships on the men's side and 21 finishes among the league's top three. Additionally, the women have won at least nine dual meets five times during Knoles' tenure and recorded a second-place finish at the conference championship in 2003.

In addition to the Panthers' 11 Big East Men's Championships, he boasts a .703 win percentage (175-74 dual-meet record) in his 22 years leading the Pitt's men's squad. Knoles is listed as the all-time winningest coach in men's swimming and diving school history after surpassing legendary coach Ben Grady (125-88-4) in 2006.

In addition to all of the athletic success, Knoles is committed to the total package his student-athletes receive at Pitt. He values achievements both in and out of the pool. The level of excellence that his student-athletes have accomplished in the classroom illustrates his philosophy that the Pitt experience is far more than just breaking pool records. It involves producing student-athletes that become the best they can be.

Knoles has recruited student-athletes both nationally and on foreign soil. Pitt is currently represented by 18 international student-athletes, roughly 32 percent of the team. The distance travelled to recruit has proved beneficial, as the Panthers have received votes in the Top 25 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and Collegeswimming.com dual-meet polls in recent years.

Knoles successfully oversaw both programs as they transitioned from the Big East to their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 2013-14 school year, guiding the women to an eighth place finish and the men to ninth.

In the 2011-12 season, Pitt was rated No. 25 by Collegeswimming.com with the addition of newcomers Luke Nosbisch, Jonathan Lierley, Kourosh Ahani, Austin Caldwell, Joseph Notarianni and John Pidgeon. This was an improvement upon the men's 2010 class, which was ranked as a group that `caught the eye,' of Collegeswimming.com.

Knoles has had extensive experience and success coaching at the collegiate level. As the interim head coach at the University of Arizona in 1988-89, he led both the men's and women's squads to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and coached 13 All-Americans, including the school's first NCAA champion in any sport.

In 1989, Knoles was the recipient of the College Swim Coaches Association Outstanding Achievement Award. He won the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence four times from 1990-94 and was awarded the CSCAA's Master Coach Award in 1996. He has served on the Executive Board of the CSCAA since 2005.

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Marian Clark
Co-Director

Marian Clark

Marian Clark begins her 20th season at Pitt and her eighth as the director of operations/senior assistant coach for both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Clark works with both squads after serving as head coach of the women's team at Pitt for nine seasons (1993-2002). 

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The Wilmington, Del. native has helped facilitate many of the championship meets hosted at Trees Pool the past several years, including the annual Special Olympics, ECAC Championship and Big East Championship meets. Most recently, Pitt hosted the 2012 Big East Championship at Trees Pool.

Clark, who works with Pitt's distance team, has been instrumental in the development of swimmers Kelsey Herbst, and Morne Boshoff - leading theduo to All-Big East honors. Herbst finishedsecond with a freshman record in the 1,650 free.Last season, Clark helped guide Boshoff to All-Big East accolades and a NCAA provisional finish in the 500 free at the Big East Championship, while Herbst established school record in the 500 free.

Over a nine-year period as head coach of the women's swimming and diving team, Clark led the Panthers to 56 victories and two top-three finishes at the Big East Championship. She also helped Sunday Lewandowski (1994-96) reach All-American status and capture four Big East Individual titles.

Clark, who graduated from Pitt in 1988, began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater shortly thereafter. She served as an assistant coach at both Florida State University and the University of Miami before being appointed to direct the Pitt women's program in the summer of 1993. Her appreciation for the rewards and benefits intercollegiate athletics can provide for its participants is not lost in her coaching.

Clark was a major contributor to four Big East Conference championships during her undergraduate years at Pitt. She won Big East crowns in the 500 freestyle in 1986 and in the 400 IM in 1988. Clark was a member of eight Pitt relay teams which captured the top spot in the Big East over her career. She graduated cum laude with a degree in exercise physiology.

Under the guidance of Clark, the Panthers are regularly named to the College Swim Coaches' Association All-America Academic Team. Pitt has been ranked as high as 17th in the country among other swimming and diving teams. The Panthers have also been awarded the University's Academic Award several times, which is given annually to the Pitt athletic team that possesses the highest grade-point average.

Jeff Berghoff
Assistant Coach

Jeff Berghoff

Jeff Berghoff enters his eighth year as the assistant head coach for Pitt women's swimming, and his 14th year on the Panthers' swimming and diving coaching staff. He served...

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Jeff Berghoff enters his eighth year as the assistant head coach for Pitt women's swimming, and his 14th year on the Panthers' swimming and diving coaching staff. He served his first three years as an assistant for the women's team before working with both squads for the last seven years.

Berghoff has helped establish the women's team into a competitive force in the Big East Conference and also helped guide the men's team to two league titles in 2003 and 2004.

Most recently, Berghoff was instrumental in the Olympic Trial training of Kristin Brown, who travelled to Omaha, Neb. During Brown's four years as a Panther, he aided in her record-setting and back-to-back NCAA Championship qualifying career.

Carter Crosby
Assistant Coach

Carter Crosby

Carter Crosby commences his third year as a member of the Pitt swimming and diving coaching staff. He serves as the recruiting coordinator for the men's team and assists in the...

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Carter Crosby commences his third year as a member of the Pitt swimming and diving coaching staff. He serves as the recruiting coordinator for the men's team and assists in the coaching duties for the local swim club Team Pittsburgh, held at Pitt.

Crosby helped guide three Pitt relay teams to All-Big East honors and NCAA provisional times in 2012. Additionally, he assisted in the training of and escorted Pitt swimmers Kourosh Ahani, Austin Caldwell, Jon Lierley and Luke Nosbisch to both the Canadian and U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Both Ahani (100 fly) and Lierley (200 fly) hold freshman records in their respective events.

In his first season with the Panthers, Crosby's recruiting efforts landed Pitt a nationally ranked top-25 incoming freshman class by CollegeSwimming.com. Rated No. 25, the ranking was a composite score of the team's top six incoming freshmen.

Crosby arrived at Pitt after spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Indiana University where he saw the women's team capture consecutive Big 10 Championships (2009 and 2010). While at IU, he aided the men's and women's swimming program in recruiting, coaching and team travel. Crosby also assisted with the IU swim camp for two years.

Crosby is a 2006 graduate of Columbia University where he was a four-year swimming letterwinner. He served as co-captain as a senior and helped lead the Lions to a 22-12 record over the course of his four seasons. Following graduation, he spent two seaons at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. as an assistant with the men's and women's swimming programs and was named the interim head coach there in the spring of 2007.

Crosby earned his master's degree in kinesiology at IU.

Stacy Busack
Assistant Coach

Stacy Busack

A 13-time All-American at the University of Minnesota and an Olympic Trial participant, Stacy Busack begins her first season as a member of the University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving...

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A 13-time All-American at the University of Minnesota and an Olympic Trial participant, Stacy Busack begins her first season as a member of the University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving coaching staff.

"We are excited to add a coach to the staff with Stacy's performance background, solid coaching experience and educational preparation," Knoles said. "As we move into the ACC, Stacy's presence on the staff will have a positive impact for the Pitt Panthers. We are happy to have Stacy join the Pitt family."

Busack comes to Pittsburgh after spending the past four years as a volunteer assistant coach at her Alma Mater of Minnesota. Along with assisting in every day collegiate coaching duties, Busack was also the Age Group Coach for the Twin Cities Swim Team where she coached swimmers ages 10-14 in all facets of the sport.

One of the top freestyle swimmers in the country during her time as a Gopher from 2005-09, Busack is still the Big Ten record holder in the 100 yard freestyle which she set during her senior campaign.

Busack led the Gophers to the 2008 Big Ten team championship title and was an NCAA participant all four years of her career. She was a four-time Big Ten champion and is the school record holder in seven events (two individual, five relays).

Along with excelling in the pool, Busack was an Academic All-American and a three time Big Ten All-Academic performer. She earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and her masters in Applied Kinesiology Exercise Science.

"I am really excited. When Chuck offered me the position, I told him I was hoping for his call because I think Pitt is a great school and they have a great program," Busack said. "I am excited to be a part of the program and help it grow and build upon the tradition that has been established, especially moving to the ACC.

Camp Details

Session I (June 14-18) & Session II (June 21-25)   

  • Overnight
  • Extended Day 
  • Half Day 

Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve. 

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap

EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap

HALF DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap

More Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

OVERNIGHT CAMP

Check-in
All campers check-in between 1:00-1:30pm on Sunday (June 14th and June 21st) at Sutherland Hall. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 1:45pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 8:30pm after swimming, dinner and orientation.
 
Check-out
Check-out for ALL campers is at 12:15-1:30pm on Thursday (June 18th and June 25th). Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp.

Housing & Roommates

Campers stay 2-per room in Sutherland Hall and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 10 days before the start of camp. Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

Dorm: Sutherland Hall
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Linens, pillow & light blanket provided
Air Conditioning:  No
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

♦ DORM HAS AC! No fan needed.

Supervision: Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

Extended Day Camp

Check-in
Extended Day Campers check-in between 1:00-1:30 pm on Sunday (June 14th and June 21st) and will depart that evening at 8:30pm after swimming, dinner and orientation. 

Extended Day Camper Schedule: SUN 2PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 8:30AM-9PM, THURS 8:30AM-NOON

MEALS

All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner is included for Extended Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.

Half Day Camp

Camps available the week of June 14-18 & June 21-25. Half day campers arrive at 8:30am and leave at 12:00pm each day.

Check-in
Half Day Campers check-in at 8:30am on Sunday (June 14th and June 21st) at Tres Pool.

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.​

Facilities

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh has one of the largest and most beautiful indoor aquatic facilities, Joseph Clifton Trees Pool. It boasts two pools: the first is a 50 meter, 25 yard pool with 21 lanes and a full compliment of diving towers and one and three-meter boards, and the second is a 6-lane, 25 yard pool that is ideal for small group instruction.

The Nike Swim Camp at the University of Pittsburgh is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 meters in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Breakfast - Overnight Campers
  • 8:30 am Extended/Half Day Campers arrive
  • 9:00 am Morning Pool Session
  • 10:00 am Videotaping
  • Noon Lunch - Half Day campers depart
  • 1:00 pm Dry Land Session
  • 2:00 pm Afternoon Pool Session
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Evening Session/Activity
  • 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
  • 10:00 pm Lights out!

Camper Reviews

M. AndersonPitt Camper

  • 5/5.
So much fun!

It was so much fun! And it really helped all of my strokes and turns. I wish I started coming sooner!

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Parent of Pitt Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
We love it!

This is our third year at the Nike Pitt camp and we love it. We will be back next year. Everything they do is done the right way. You leave knowing your kids are safe and will be taught by experts.

Parent of Pitt Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

My daughter had a great experience at the Pitt Nike swim camp. The Pitt coaches and swimmer were tremendous instructors. The dorm was very accommodating and food was good. My daughter gained great experience from the camp. 

Pitt Camper

  • 4/5.
Strongly recommend.

This camp has helped me with my swimming in various ways. My stroke is better and it taught me some great exercises to strengthen the muscles I use when I swim. The coaching staff was also very nice and encouraging. I hope to return and strongly recommend it to any level of competitive swimmer.

Pitt Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
I loved camp!

I LOVED CAMP! I will definitely go back next year to learn the material more thoroughly and become an even better swimmer that I have already become. Not only did I love the swimming but I also loved the activities we did after meals. The camp provided me the opportunity to make some great friends and have the experience of a lifetime. Thank you Nike Swim Camps!

Parent of Pitt Camper

  • 5/5.
See you next year!

Yes, I would recommend this camp to others. My kid loved the environment and coaching staff. He already asked to go back next year.

Pitt Camper

  • 5/5.
Learn new skills.

The intensity was good. The underwater filming was really helpful. Got lots of great feedback from the coaches and they did a great job of presenting tips and techniques in a way that helped me identify some problem areas with my stroke technique. This really helped with my improvement.

Lauren M.Pitt Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
I'd love to go back!

I had a great time at Nike swim camp. It helped improve my strokes by learning the right technique and with help from the great staff. I had a wonderful time and I'd love to go back! 

Taylor B.Pitt Camper

  • 4/5.
Great experience!

Nike Swim Camp is fun, exciting, and a great experience. They always are challenging you to do your best and you're really working hard in each session to improve. The evening activities are a great way to celebrate a day's hard work! 

Parent of Pitt Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

My daughters have seen a big improvement and I will definitely sign them up for next year. Thanks!! 

Pitt Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Camp!

The camp was great - I learned a lot and made a lot of new friends!

Parent of Pitt Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
All Around Impressed

My son Tyler has been a Pitt fan for several years. He loved getting to stay in the dorms and experience the campus. He came home very upbeat and ready to go back again. He and I were both impressed with the facilities. 

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 8:30am-9:00pm $425.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $595.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 6 - 10
Gender: Co-Ed
Half Day 8:30AM-12:00PM $250.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day 8:30am-9:00pm $425.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $595.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 6 - 10
Gender: Co-Ed
Half Day 8:30AM-12:00PM $250.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.