Chris Bergère was named the men’s and women’s diving coach at Yale in the fall of 2010.
During the 2017-18 season, Bergère found success in coaching a group of divers. Nikki Waters '21 won both diving events at the 2018 Ivy League Championship and was named the Rick Gilbert High Point Diver of the Meet. On the men's team, Christian DeVol '21 broke a decade-old school record in the one-meter diving event, finishing runner-up at Ivies. Bergère also coached five divers to the NCAA Diving Zone Championships.
During the 2016-17 season, Bergère coached Lilybet MacRae '17 to earn the double honor of the Rick Gilbert High Point Diver of the Meet and the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver at the 2017 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. MacRae also received the Eleanor "Bobby" Dawson Award, which recognized an upper-class member of the women's team who has contributed immeasurably to the Yale swimming tradition through her personal achievement and dedication, finishing her career with all four of Yale's diving records. Additionally, he coached McKenna Tennant to the 2017 NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
Over the past eight seasons, the Yale men and women divers have continually improved and made a positive impact throughout the dual and championship season. The training has been fun, challenging and rewarding. The athletes like working hard towards their goals as individuals and as a team (swimming and diving). We are stronger together working collectively for a common goal. Our goal is to be top in the Ivy League and score at the Division I NCAA’s.
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 Dague, Korea). He was a diving coach at the 2004 Olympic Trials. He also was a judge at the 2008 Olympic Diving Trials. 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.
Bergere was a four year scholarship athlete at LaSalle. He won the “Most Dedicated” athlete award while at LaSalle. He qualified for the NCAA Zones all for years. Bergere grew up in Bucks County, PA in Doylestown. He attended Central Bucks High School East and dove all four years.
Coach Bergere enjoys watching his own kids play sports; soccer, gymnastics, diving, lacrosse, track and field. He enjoys fine woodworking, fishing and reading. He has completed four marathons and is an avid runner.