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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jeff Berghoff Site Head Coach- Moon Site

We are pleased and excited to introduce you to Steel City's Aquatics Director and the Moon Site 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, and the 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. 

Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. He lives in Monroeville, Pa. and has three sons and a daughter-in-law.


Todd Clark Site Head Coach - South Fayette Site

We are pleased and excited to announce Steel City's Head Coach of  our South Fayette Branch Site.   Coach Clark comes to us with 30 plus years as a head coach at the collegiate, high school, and USA Swimming club levels.  Coach Clark is currently a member of the USA Swimming National Team staff for the second time as he coached his second athlete to a spot on the National Junior Team.

Coach Clark returns to the Pittsburgh area after a successful stint with the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins and Hawken School in Cleveland.  The Silver Dolphins rose to USA Swimming Silver Medal status this past season under Coach Clark’s leadership.  The team had one Olympic Trial qualifier and multiple scorers at USA Swimming Open Water Nationals, short course Winter Junior Nationals, and long course Junior Nationals this past year.  His Hawken high school teams won three team state titles on the girls side, and one state team title and two runners-up finish for the boys team in his three years in Ohio.  His swimmers currently hold three state records from their performances at the Ohio high school state meet.

Previously Coach Clark had successful runs locally at both Peters Township and Fox Chapel coaching their club and high school teams.  While with the Fox Chapel Killer Whales, his team won the Eastern Zone Sectional Meet and he had his first Olympic Trial qualifier in 2012. 

Coach Clark’s career began on the collegiate level where he served as the Assistant Head Coach at Kenyon College in 1988 when both genders won NCAA Division III titles.  After one year there, he was appointed Head Coach at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  In thirteen years at Case, Coach Clark produced two NCAA Division III National Champions, 44 All Americans, and his teams were twice recognized as achieving the highest GPAs in collegiate swimming.

While in Allegheny Mountain Swimming, Coach Clark served as AMS Senior Vice Chairman, Head Coach of AMS All-Star Team, Head Coach of the Central Zone Select Camp, and Head Coach of AMS All Star Team Camp at the Olympic Training Center.  His accolades include collegiate conference Coach of the Year honors and Ohio High School Coach of the Year.  An accomplished competitive swimmer himself,  he was a seven time All American at Kenyon and a five time National Champion in United States Masters Swimming.

Marian Sossong Assistant Head Coach & Masters Coach

 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.  

Coach Marian's role as Assistant Head Coach includes the coordination of all requested club evaluations and the oversight and development of Steel City Aquatic's Learn to Swim program  - Moon Site, where she will be continuing to follow her passion to teach and develop our youth the life lesson of how to swim.  

Coach Marian also runs and operates our Masters Program for Steel City Aquatics.  She has been an advocate for coaching adults of all ages and abilities to keep swimming, and has built the program to be one of the most "Coach engaging" Masters program s in the area. She is also an active elected member of AMS Masters Swimming board of directors.  

Melissa Kehl Assistant Age Group Coach- Moon Site

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. 

Mercedes McCarthy Bronze Program Coach- Moon Site
Coach Mercy McCarthy is in charge of our Bronze Program at Steel City Aquatics- Moon Site.  Her passion with swimming is water safety.     She has been an American Red Cross Instructor for 25 yrs, and has instructed 100s of lifeguards.
 When not coaching, Mercy runs an aquatics management company, providing safety, training, staffing, aquatic programs at numerous pools in the Pgh. area. including the Allegheny Co. pools this summer.
Coach Merci is ASCA Certified Site supervisor learn to swim instructor with Swim America.  She has Trained at the ASCA training facility at Fort Lauderdale Florida
Swim America Asst. Merci has been a Program Director for 10 yrs offering Coaching, Swim instructor, Aquatic Management. at various pools in Pgh area.
She has also been a Swim Instructor for Millsop Community Center Weirton WV. 
Coach Merci spends time supporting Summer League swimming, and has been the Head coach of the Edgeworth Club Gator Nation swim team for over 20 yrs. Currently she is on the WPCCSA (Western PA. Country Club Swimming Association) board as the Executive Secretary, With 20 active swim teams, cCurrently on the coaching staff of  The Club at Nevillewood.
USA swim league:    One of the founding coaches of Northgate Aquatics NGAC,    Developmental  &  Age Group coach with Team Pittsburgh TPITT,
Masters League:    Northgate High School, As well as a supervisor for the schools  Community Aquatic program.
High School:    Coach Merci has coached High school swimming at Beaver Area. And currently at Oakland & Central Catholic in my 15th yr. Coaching numerous MAC, WPIAL, Pa. State qualifying swimmers. Who have achieved High School All-American status. Winning 10 WPIAL team Championships combined with OC & CC. And 8 PIAA State Team Championships with Oakland Catholic,  and 2 time PIAA State Coach of the year for Oakland Catholic 2009 & 2010
ASCA Level 2 coach (will have L3 by the time pools open. Taking class now)
Current member of NISCA,(National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Assoc. of America)
ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association)
PHSSCA (Pa. High School Swim Coaches Association)
NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance)
 Coach Merci attended Median School of Health Careers & CCAC for Physical Therapy Asst. CNA. & Massage Therapy and has raised 3 happy children.
Eddie Larios Assistant Age Group & Dry Land Coach

Coach Eddie Larios is originally from El Paso, TX where he started swimming at the age of 11.

Eddie’s love for swimming transitioned into a passion for coaching when he immersed himself into one of the local YMCA summer leagues in Boise, ID.  As soon as he graduated high school, he continued coaching as an Assistant Swim Coach for the Boise YMCA Swim Team. That fall, Eddie accepted a Head Coaching position for the Centennial High School swim team. In his second season with Centennial, the program took a big step forward with the girls team taking 3rd overall at the Idaho State Swimming Championship Meet, and his boys finishing on top with an undefeated season and a State Title – the first and only in school history! Eddie was also one of the Western Age Group Zones Assistant Coaches for the area.

From 2012-2015, Eddie continued his coaching career where he accepted the assistant coaching position for the Boise State University Women’s Swimming program. His coaching accomplishments include multiple NCAA Championship qualifiers and one Mountain West Conference title.  Growing up, Eddie swam for the Boise YMCA Swim Team in Boise, ID, and found his favorite strokes to be the 100, 200, 500 freestyle and the 100 and 200 Backstroke. 

In addition to his coaching career, Eddie is a graduate of Boise State University with a major in Exercise Science. 

To contact Coach Eddie about Steel City Aquatics, you can e-mail him by clicking HERE.   

Kathryn Elkins Assistant Age Group Coach- Moon Site

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.

Gianna Boburka Assistant Age Group Coach- South Fayette
Melanie Miller Assistant Age Group Coach- South Fayette
Melanie Miller has been coaching in South Fayette since 2010. She has experience with all age groups & levels. Melanie is also an assistant coach for South Fayette High School. Melanie really enjoys helping swimmers with little things that can make a big difference in their performance in practice & in meets. 
Melanie is a graduate of Gateway High School where she was a 7 time WPIAL & 6 time State Champion in the 50 & 100 freestyles. Melanie attended the University of Florida on a swimming scholarship. While at Florida, Melanie was named to the US National Team & competed internationally. Melanie was an NCAA champion as a member of the 4x100 Free Relay that broke the NCAA, US Open, & American records. Melanie was a multiple time All American in high school and in college. She competed in Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, & 1996. 
Melanie has been married to her husband, Rob for 19 years. They have 2 sons who attend South Fayette High School. Ryan swims & Shawn plays baseball. Melanie works full time in specialty pharmaceutical sales. 
Jocelyn Morelock Assistant Age Group Coach- South Fayette

Jocelyn Morelock joined the South Fayette coaching staff in 2018.  This opportunity has brought back her passion for swimming that she likes to share with the swimmers.  She spends most of her time with the silver group.

A graduate of Peters Township High School, Jocelyn was a WPIAL Champion three years in a row and finished in the top 6 at PIAA States in several freestyle events.  She was a 2 time All American in the 200 freestyle. Jocelyn attended the University of Kentucky on a swimming scholarship where she continued to specialize in the 200 and 500 freestyle.  After her junior year, she transferred to Creighton University where she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1996.

Jocelyn is a part time pharmacist at RxPartners.  She lives in South Fayette with her husband Mark and daughters, Carolyn and Katelyn.

Board of Directors
Heather Patterson President
Matt Puthoff Vice President
Cami Sirbu Treasurer
Barbara Mellett HR Director
Beth Walker Secretary
Leslie Connors Moon Site Director
Joe Brennan SF Site Director
Darryl Herman Registrar
Mike Leonard Data Analyst
Sousan Panizzi Fundraising Director
Deanna Baiano Pay Roll Director
Nate Hankinson Meet Director
Lisa Frank Business Administrator
Mark Koutavas SF Site Fundraising Coordinator
Jenn Stoecklein SF Site Recorder
Kathy Puthoff Moon Site Recorder
Heidi Houser Safe Sport Club Coordinator
Steve Frank Moon Meet Coordinator
Dominique Robinson SF Meet Coordinator