|Title:||Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving|
Jim Henry, who helped guide the University of Texas women’s swimming program to four top-10 NCAA team finishes, begins his first season as the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of women’s swimming and diving at Yale in 2012-13.
Henry spent six years at Texas, the first five as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach following the 2010-11 season. During his tenure, the Longhorns won three Big 12 Conference championships, produced 44 All-Americans and set 19 school records. In addition, Texas received a CSCAA Team Academic Excellence Award all six years.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Yale community,” Henry said. “The tradition and history of the Yale swimming program is second to none, and it’s a dream come true to become a part of it.”
Henry is headed for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., next week and then will spend much of July on the recruiting trail.
“I want our swimmers to become better students, better athletes and better individuals,” Henry said. “Hopefully that will lead to the ultimate goal, which is to bring an Ivy League team championship back to Yale.”
Henry, a former Texas swimming captain and All-American, returned to his alma mater after leading the University of Denver swimming programs from 2004-06. He guided Denver to back-to-back runner-up honors at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2005 and 2006 and was named Sun Belt Female Head Coach of the Year in 2005 and Male Head Coach of the Year in 2006. He coached two Pioneers to Sun Belt Swimmer of the Year honors. During his coaching tenure at Denver, the Pioneers set 66 school records and had 16 “B” qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. Both the Denver men's and women's teams registered team grade-point averages which ranked among the nation's top 10 swimming programs in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Henry was part of three NCAA Championships at Texas as he swam for current UT mentor and Olympic coach Eddie Reese from 1987-90. Henry was a team captain and All-American in the 400 individual medley his senior year. The Longhorns won the Southwest Conference Championship in each of Henry's four years and were NCAA champions in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
A nine-time SWC finalist, Henry also was a U.S. Olympic Trials participant in 1988. He was a three-year recipient of UT's Bob Cone Spirit Award from 1988-90. Henry received his bachelor's degree in 1990 in speech communications at UT.
Prior to his three-year tenure at Denver, Henry served as assistant men's swimming coach and recruiting coordinator at SMU from 1999-2003 when he coached 12 NCAA All-Americans and helped lead SMU to the Western Athletic Conference title each year. Henry enjoyed his finest season at SMU in 2001-02, when he helped the Mustangs finish 12th at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to getting into collegiate coaching, Henry was the aquatics director and head swimming coach for the Allen (Texas) Independent School District in 1998-99 and the aquatics director and head swim coach at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. (from 1995-98). Peddie finished fourth at the 1997 U.S. Nationals and was second at the U.S. Open that year. Henry led Peddie to the 1998 Junior National Team Championship and developed 31 high school All-Americans as well.
Henry and his wife, Heather, have three sons, Aidan (9), Finn (7), and Hugh (5)
Danielle Korman, who coached 38 All-Americans and one national champion as an assistant at Johns Hopkins, has joined Jim Henry’s staff as an assistant women’s swimming and diving coach at Yale.
“I am very honored to be joining the Yale swimming and diving family,” Korman said. “The rich tradition and proven excellence of Yale, both academically and athletically, is something I can’t wait to be a part of.”
In four seasons at Johns Hopkins, Korman helped both the men’s and women’s teams to a pair of top-10 NCAA finishes. During her tenure, JHU swimmers broke 30 school records and the team earned CSCAA Academic All-America recognition four times. In 2012, Korman was named Honorable Mention Rising Assistant Coach of the Year by collegeswimming.com, and she was part of Women’s Conference Coaching Staff of the Year three times.
"I am thrilled to have Dani Korman joining me at Yale,” said Henry, who was hired as the head coach in June. “Dani is a proven coach, mentor and motivator. She has a fantastic ability to read her athletes and provide them with the knowledge and support to improve as swimmers and as people. After having worked with her at the Longhorn Swim Camp for two summers, I believe we complement each other’s strengths really well. We are both excited to get started."
Prior to Johns Hopkins, Korman served as the interim head coach of the Carthage College women’s team where she was named the 2008 Co-Coach of the Year, mentored five All-Americans and led the team to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Championship.
In addition, she has served as an assistant swim coach and counselor for the University of Texas/Total Performance Swim Camp, where she worked with Henry.
Korman is a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College where she was part of four national championship teams. She was a seven-time All-American at Kenyon and served as team captain as a senior.
She earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Carthage in 2008.
Chris Bergère, who spent eight years at the helm of the diving program at the University of Michigan, was named the men’s and women’s diving coach at Yale in the fall of 2010. Bergère helped the Wolverine men’s program to seven top-10 national finishes in swimming and diving during his tenure and was named the Big Ten Women’s Diving Coach of the Year in 2008.
With the Michigan men, Bergère coached Jason Coben to the 2003 NCAA platform diving championship, the first in school history. Coben won the platform diving title and was named the Big Ten Conference Diver of the Championships in both 2003 and 2004. The Wolverines claimed three Big Ten championships during his tenure.
The women's swimming and diving program twice finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships during his coaching career and claimed the 2004 conference title. Bergère helped Elyse Lee qualify for three straight NCAA Championships during her career, capping it with All-America honorable mention in the one-meter springboard with a 14th-place finish at the 2008 NCAAs.
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.
Bergère joined the Michigan coaching staff following 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.