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.

The Nike Swim Camp at the University of Pittsburgh is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique so they can compete at the next level. 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.   

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

Camp Details

Camp 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

All campers check-in between 1:00-1:30pm on Sunday (June 8th and June 15th) 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 for ALL campers is at 12:15-1:30pm on Thursday (June 12th and June 19th). 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.
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 Campers
Extended Day Campers check-in between 1:00-1:30 pm on Sunday (June 8th and June 15th) 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

Half Day Camp

Camps available the week of June 8-12 & June 15-19.  Half day campers arrive at 8:30am and leave at 12:00pm each day.
Half Day Campers check-in at 8:30am on Sunday (June 8th and June 15th) 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.
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Camp Setting

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!

Meet Camp Coaches

Chuck Knoles

Chuck Knoles

In his 22nd year at Pittsburgh and 10th season at the helm of both the men's and women's program, Chuck Knoles is a six-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year. Coach 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...

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Two of the past three seasons, a Knoles-coached team has opened the year with votes in the Top 25 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual-meet poll.

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

True to the student-athlete ideal, Knoles' swimmers have performed exceptionally well in the classroom. The CSCAA recognized Pitt as an All-American Academic team on both the women's and men's side. In addition, two student-athletes, Kristin Brown and Amy Miteff, earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in the last five years. In 2008, Jeremy Stultz earned Big East/Aeropostale Scholar Athlete of the Year accolades, joining Brown and Carolyne Savini (1999-2003) as previous honorees. This past season, Jon Buchanan was named an institutional Big East Scholar Athlete.

In the pool, Pitt's men and women both claimed third-place league finishes at the 2009 Big East Championships. Pitt's men's team was led by MVP Rousseau Kluever, who set a rookie record in the 400 IM, when he placed sixth in that event at the conference meet. He also took eighth in the 200 fly and 14th in the 200 IM at the BEC. The 2008 MVP on the women's side, Laura Barnes was a recipient of a Big East Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week honor, and set school records in both the 100 and 200 breast at the Big East Championships. She was also a member of the record-setting 400 medley relay team.

Still recognized as the `Beast of the East' under Knoles,' Pitt has recruited the top student-athletes, both nationally and internationally to lead the Panthers back to

the top of the conference. Knoles opened the 2008-09 season with two notable freshman classes, as ranked the men 25th and listed the women's incoming freshmen as a `team to watch.'

In 2006, Knoles became the all-time winningest coach in men's swimming and diving school history and currently boasts a 156-60 record, surpassing legendary coach Ben Grady (125-88-4) on the all-time coaches' list.

Under Knoles' direction, the men have finished in the top three at the conference championships in 18 of 19 years, including 11 championship titles. The women have steadily climbed back to the top of the league in the past five years, including a second-place finish in 2005.

After Knoles took over the reins of the women's team in 2002-03, the Panther women promptly broke 13 school records in his first season. The following season, more

records fell and the women's team received votes in the CSCAA national rankings for the first time in nearly a decade.

Most recently, Kristin Brown and Stacie Safritt each qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Brown would go on to finish among the top 35 U.S. swimmers in the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle events.

On the men's side, Jason Miller was the third Panther to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Dating back to the 2007 Big East Championships, Jeff Leath entered the Big East and Pitt record books with his third 200 back Big East crown in four years. Leath became the first swimmer in conference history to accomplish such a feat, in that event.

Likewise on the women's side, then-senior Andrea Shoust swept the backstroke events and became the first Panther to win conference crowns in the 100 and 200 back since 1987. Additionally, Brown garnered her second consecutive NCAA berth that year, which was the first back-to-back bid for a woman in nearly 20 years.

During the 2006-07 season, the women's team was led by a strong freestyle core and broke several school records, setting the Panthers up for postseason competition. The crowning moment was when Brown earned an outright bid to the NCAAs.

During his tenure, Knoles has consistently maintained the Panthers' reputation as one of the top collegiate programs in the East and continues to lead his teams to success year after year.

But it hasn't been easy. Knoles is aware of how competitive collegiate swimming has become, and demands that his student-athletes strive to maintain a hunger to compete.

By following Knoles' formula for success and his goal for a national top-15 finish, the men have inched closer and closer to a ranking in the last three seasons. At the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, the men finished with votes in the top 25 dual-meet rankings.

Knoles has demonstrated his ability to win as a coach. In addition to the Panthers' 11 men's Big East Championships, his teams have also recorded three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes. His teams have a combined 203-79 dual meet record, while 19 of Knoles' Pittsburgh swimmers have been either Olympic Trial qualifiers or finalists. He has garnered six Big East Men's Swimming Coach of the Year awards (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002).

Knoles has had extensive experience and success coaching at the collegiate level, even prior to Pitt. 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.

Knoles was head coach at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1977-1988, where he coached both the men's and women's teams, and was named High School Skyline Coach of the Year seven times while leading his teams to an amazing 132-23 combined record.

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 1990-1994 and was awarded the CSCAA's Master Coach Award in 1996. He has served on the Executive Board of the CSCAA for the past five years.

More Directors & Coaches
Marian Clark

Marian Clark

Marian Clark begins her 11th 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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Clark began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Pitt after graduating from the university in 1988. She served as an assistant coach at both Florida State and Miami before being appointed to head 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.

"I enjoyed my undergraduate years at Pitt," Clark said. "I learned not only how to set goals within a team structure, but also how to achieve them by working and interacting with team members. A team commitment is essential for success. Obviously, I want individuals to excel, but I also want them to bring the others on the team along with them."

Clark was a major contributor to four Big East Conference championships during her undergraduate years at Pitt. She won Big East titles in the 500 freestyle in 1986 and in the 400 individual medley in 1988.

Her teamwork concept was also on display when she swam for eight Pitt relay teams that captured Big East first-place finishes. An exercise physiology major, Clark graduated cum laude and understands the main reason a student-athlete comes to college.

The results have been nothing but impressive. Under the guidance of Clark, the Panthers are regularly selected to the College Swim Coaches' Association All-America Academic Team list. Pitt has been ranked as high as 17th in the country among other swimming and diving teams. The team has also been awarded the University's Academic Award several times, which is given annually to the University of Pittsburgh athletic team that boasts the highest grade-point average.

"We take great pride in our academics," said Clark. "I really believe that bright student-athletes find a way to succeed both in the classroom and in the pool.

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 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.

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...

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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.

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!! 

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