Nike Swim Camp at the University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Situated on the edge of the 456-acre wooded Schenley Park the University of Pittsburgh, in Western Pennsylvania, 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.
- 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
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.Meet your coaching staff
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 Knoles' tenure and recorded a second-place finish at the conference championship in 2003.Read Full Bio
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 Collegeswimming.com 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.
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).Read Full Bio
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 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 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.
Kristin swam at Indiana University where she won two Big Ten Championships in 2007 and 2009. Following the completion of her collegiate career, Cihoski began coaching with the Bloomington Swim Club. She then moved onto Virginia where she coached a variety of groups ranging from swim lessons to coaching National Team Members with the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins. She was also the Head Women’s Swim Coach at Tabb High School where she qualified 7 women to the Virginia State Championships. She did one year as a Volunteer Assistant at her alma mater, Indiana University where she gained valuable collegiate coaching experience. She is currently the Assistant Coach for Women’s Swimming at the University of Pittsburgh.
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
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.
Half Day Camp
Half Day Campers check-in at 8:30am on Sunday (June 9th and June 16th) at Tres Pool.
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!