Head Coach- Moon Aquatics Programs
We are pleased and excited to announce Moon Aqua Club’s new head coach, Jeff Berghoff. Coach Jeff comes to us with over 20 years of coaching experience that spreads between, USA Swimming/AMS Aqua Club, High school/Varsity, and Collegiate level swim programs. Throughout Jeff’s career, Jeff has achieved unprecidented levels of achievement over the years.
As an Assistant Head Coach for Women’s Swimming at the University of Pittsburgh, Jeff had swimmers represented in the past 4 NCAA Championships, participated in 6 of the last 10 NCAA Championships , had 1 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American , and had 6 athletes placed in the prestigious Varsity Walk. During this time, Jeff was also the Head Coach for Team Pittsburgh Aquatics, an AMS aqua club in our LSC. Jeff had 8 swimmers qualify in the National Age Group Top-16, had 26 Eastern Zones All-Star Competitors, and coached multiple PIAA State Championship qualifiers and champions. While coaching at Oakland Catholic High school, Jeff produced 2 individual State Champions, 16 NISCA High School All-Americans, 1999 PIAA Class AA State Championship Team.
Jeff has also coached at the 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic Trials, coached at summer Senior Nationals since 2002 , coached at Junior Nationals and Sectionals, 4x Summer Super sectional Team Champions .Another one of Jeff’s strengths is his talents with operating high level swim meets. Jeff has operated as the Meet Director for all USA Swimming meets that ran at the University of Pitt, including the annual Christmas Meet – one of the largest Age Group meets in the country – and the 2011 USA Swimming Summer Speedo Champions Meet Head Coach 1995-1999.
Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. He lives in Monroeville, Pa. with his wife, Mykie and three sons: Ryan, Justin and Jacob.
To learn more about Jeff, please click HERE to see his Bio as shared by the University of Pittsburgh.
Marian R Sossong
Asst Head Coach- Gold & Masters
Assistant Head Coach, Marian Sossong, is
Moon Area High School Alumni
and a previous Moon Aqua Club Swimmer!
She graduated from Clarion University of
Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Education. Marian has been
an assistant coach for Moon Aqua Club since 2011 and has
coached all age group and
abilitys from developmental to elite level
swimmers throughout the years. She
was also the
for the 2015-2016 Moon Area Varsity Swim Team
, and coached numerous swimmers to achieve WPIAL Championship
Marian also operated as the head coach for Montour Heights
Country Club’s swim program and an assistant coach for the
Sewickley YMCA swim team.
Throughout Marian’s high school and college career, she
taught swim lessons at Moon Area High School, Carlynton Junior/
Senior High School, Montour Heights Country Club, and Sewickley
Marian's role as Assistant Head Coach also includes the
oversight and development of Moon Aqua Club's Learn to Swim
program where she will be continuing to follow her
passion to teach and develop our youth the life lesson of how to
Melissa R Kehl
Assistant Age Group Coach- Silver Team
Melissa Kehl brings 23 years of coaching experience to Moon Aqua
Club. She has been Head Coach with the Montour Marlins and Freedom
Area Aqua Club as well as an assistant coach for Montour Marlins,
West Allegheny Aqua Club, and Seneca Valley Aqua Club. Coach
Melissa has helped produce National, Junior National, Pro Series,
Futures, Sectional, and Zone qualifiers as well as All American
Swimmers. She also has 15 years of varsity and middle school
experience, operating in both head coach and assistant head coach
positions, leading her teams to AA WPIAL and WPIAL Runner up team
titles as well as WPIAL and State individual champions.
Coach Melissa started swimming at the age of 5 with the Robinson
Rays summer swim team. Her love for swimming continued as she swam
for the Montour Marlins and Montour Varsity swim teams where she
achieved WPIAL and State qualifying times. She was recruited
by IUP and continued swimming through her college years. Coach
Melissa transitioned her love for swimming to teaching/coaching
early on at the age of 14 where she began teaching swim lessons at
the Boys and Girls Club to disabled children. She was the Aquatics
Director at Montour High School for several years as well as being
a lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor, and WSI certified.
Coach Melissa has been married for 26 years to her husband
Matt and has 4 children that have also enjoyed a passion for
competitive swimming. Her daughter Leah, 25, was a sprint
freestyler and swam for California University of PA, her son Jarod
who currently swims for the University of Kentucky as a distance
freestyler, her son Blaise who is a senior at CCA and swims for
Montour Highschool, and her youngest son who is 6 years old and
just starting to swim competitively.
To contact Coach Melissa about Moon Aqua Club Swimming, you can
e-mail her by clicking
HERE. Melissa’s background knowledge, extensive
history, and versatility in coaching, is a welcome addition to the
Moon Aqua Club’s coaching staff.
Sierra R Neft
Assistant Age Group Coach- Silver Team
Coach Sierra is a graduate of Moon High School's class of 2014. She currently is a student at Robert Morris University. Sierra is a lifeguard at Colony West Apartments in the summer. She joined the Moon Aqua Club at the age of eight and has been swimming ever since.
Sierra lettered in swimming, qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC), and the WPIAL championships all four years of her high school swimming career. Her junior year she qualified for the PIAA State meet in multiple relays. She also qualified for States her senior year in her individual event, the 200 IM and made it to finals. Sierra was also a competitor at Sectionals in her qualifying event of the 200 Breaststroke. Having knowledge about swimming and being a former swimmer herself, Sierra is excited to be a coach for the Moon Aqua Club.
Assistant Age Group Coach- Bronze Team
Yaroslav A Noskov
Assistant Age Group Coach- Bronze Team
Coach Yaroslav is a graduate from Moon High School's class of 2017. Yaroslav has been swimming since he was 7 years old, and loves the sport! In addition to coaching at Moon Aqua Club, He is a life guard and lessons instructor at Montour Country Club as well . Yaroslav is attending Robert Morris University to study Manufacturing Engineering.Yaroslav was an all around athlete during high school. He participated in swimming and track (Pole Vault) and lettered all four years in both sports. He qualified for MACs in both track and swimming all four years and qualified for WPIALs in swimming all four years and two years for track. His favorite events for swimming were 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle and Butterfly. He was a sectionals qualifier in the 100 butterfly event. Coach Yaroslav has a passion for Swimming s being a fellow swimmer for years, while showing a great knowledge of the fundimantals of the sport. Yaroslav is exhilarated to begin coaching our bronze level group for Moon Aqua Club.
Kathryn L Elkins
Assistant Age Group Coach- Bronze Team
Coach Kate Elkins is a
2019 graduate of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter
School’s University Scholars Program. Currently she is
studying Psychology at Penn State University’s Beaver
campus. Kate played soccer and ran track before joining the
Moon Area Middle School Team in the 8
grade and going on to swim for Moon Aqua Club, and Moon
Area Varsity Swim Teams through high school. Throughout her
highschool years, Coach Kate worked as one of Moon Aqua
Club's Swim Lesson instructors for the Learn to Swim program,
where she enjoyed teaching and instructing the kids. She also
worked as a Lifeguard and swim instructor for Chanticleer Swim
Club and Sewickley YMCA. Coach Kate also worked as an
assistant swim coach for Chanticleer swim team for the past three
winning seasons, where she developed an interest in coaching young
athletes. As you can tell from watching Coach Kate with
our young swimmers, she loves working with children and is very
excited to be joining Moon Aqua Club's coaching staff as assistant
coach for our bronze level program.
Learn to Swim Director
Ann lives in Moon Township with her husband and two children. Ann is a graduate of Moon Area High School and Bucknell University. She holds a degree in Chemistry and currently works for SAP Labs LLC. Ann has worked for SAP for 12 years and is a Director within the Energy & Natural Resources Industries and EHS & Sustainability Products of SAP. Prior to her work at SAP, she was employed by Bayer Corporation where she worked as a regulatory professional in the Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs Department. She has 20 years experience in Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs and EHS software, including Safety Data Sheet authoring, Dangerous Goods classification, business process analysis and SAP EHS implementations.
Ann was involved in athletics starting from a young age (playing on PA West Olympic Development soccer team) through her college years where she played Division I soccer at Bucknell University. Both of Ann’s children (ages 10 and 8) swim for Moon Aqua Club and Ann wants to continue to work with the Aqua Club to continue to grow membership through generating interest through swim lesson participants.
Vernon Taylor Yenick
Coach Vernon Yenick began his competitive diving career somewhat
late as a freshman at Churchill high school which is now Woodland
Hills. He was always as a kid interested in competitive
swimming and gymnastics so diving was the perfect blend of the
two. He excelled quickly and by sophomore year he was
asked to join the Pitt Aquatic Club which is coached by his mentors
Julian and Doe Krug. The last two years in high school
proved to be winning years as he went on to final at the PIAA State
high school championships his junior and senior years narrowly
missing the gold as a senior and winning the silver by under a
couple points. He qualified for two junior Olympic / USA
Diving national championships as a teen and won a scholarship to
Pitt in 1985. At Pitt he was a four time Big East finalist in both
the one meter and three meter springboards and placed well in the
eastern seaboard championships with a silver medal on three meter
his senior year. His senior year was decorated with many dual meet
wins and a 20th place finish at the 1989 NCAA Division 1 Diving
Championships in the three meter event.
After college he assisted in coaching Emory University in Atlanta
during the 1991-1992 season, and then moved to NYC to work as a
photo stylist in the fashion industry. After a decade of not
coaching he realized that it was his passion and that he missed
diving greatly. So he started back assisting at the Pitt
Aquatic Club and in 2008 took on the Fox Chapel team of one diver -
JB Kolod Who went on to great success at the University of Virginia
becoming the record holder during freshman year and beating his own
record each successive year. With Coach Vern's skills,
the FC team has grown to 13 kids strong with the three time
WPIAL champion Jonah Cagley and PIAA state silver medalist David
Manelis. In 2015, Coach Vern also took on Oakland and
Central Catholic high schools and now has WPIAL qualifiers on those
teams as well. Last year in the 2018-19 season his Central
Catholic diver Nolan Jacob narrowly missed qualifying for the state
diving championships by one place taking 6th where the top five
qualified. Oakland Catholic’s Ava Christy qualified for
the state diving championships in 2019 and was a semi
Vernon loves the sport of diving passionately and will always
strive to have his athletes dive their best through focused and
disciplined workouts that translate into success in everyday
life. We are excited to welcome Coach Vern and introduce our
new Moon Aquatics Diving program to the community.