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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact secretary@moonaquaclub.org.

Coaching Staff

Jeff Berghoff

Head Coach- Moon Aquatics Programs

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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

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Assistant Head  Coach, Marian Sossong, is a  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  assistant  swim coach  for the 2015-2016 Moon Area Varsity Swim Team , and coached numerous swimmers to achieve WPIAL Championship qualification times. 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 Valley YMCA.  

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 swim.

 

Melissa R Kehl

Assistant Age Group Coach- Silver Team

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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

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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.  

Mercedes McCarthy

Assistant Age Group Coach- Bronze Team

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Yaroslav A Noskov

Assistant Age Group Coach- Bronze Team

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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

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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  th   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.

Ann Drew

Learn to Swim Director

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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

Diving Coach

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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 finalist. 

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.

Board of Directors

Heather Renee Patterson

President

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Wayne Archer

Vice President

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Kelly S Hankinson

Secretary

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Cami Sirbu

Treasurer

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Darryl Herman

Registrar

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Barbara Mellett

Human Resources / Compliance

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Regan Michael Drew

Meet Director

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Mike Baker

Data Analyst / Historian

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Leslie Connors

Fundraising Director

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