Chris Bergère
Chris Bergère
Title: Head Diving Coach
Phone: 203-432-6591
Previous College: LaSalle '86

Chris Bergère was named the men’s and women’s diving coach at Yale in the fall of 2010.

Under Bergère's guidance, Lilybet MacRae '17 and Tyler Pramer '14 rose to become some of the Ivy League's top divers, both winning the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver Award for scoring the most championship points of any diver in their graduating class.  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.

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 swimmers 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 recieved the Eleanor "Bobby" Dawson Award, which recognized an upperclass 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.  

During the 2015-16 season, Bergère coached Lilybet MacRae '17 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. Bergère also coached five divers to the NCAA Diving Zone meet.

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.