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Coaches and Directors

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

Jeff has been coaching at Moon since 2017. He has over 20 years of coaching experience that spreads between USA Swimming, AMS Aqua Club, High school/Varsity, and Collegiate level swim programs. Throughout his career, Jeff has achieved unprecedented levels of achievement over the years. 

As an Assistant Head Coach for Women’s Swimming at the University of Pittsburgh, Jeff had swimmers represented and participated in 6 NCAA Championships, he had 1 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American, and 6 athletes place in the prestigious Varsity Walk. During this time at Pitt, Jeff was also the Head Coach for Team Pittsburgh Aquatics. Jeff produced eight swimmers that qualified in the National Age Group Top-16, 26 Eastern Zones All-Star Competitors, and he coached multiple P.I.A.A State Championship qualifiers and champions. While coaching at Oakland Catholic High School, Jeff produced two individual State Champions, 16 NISCA High School All-Americans, and the 1999 PIAA Class AA State Championship Team. Additionally, Jeff has coached at Junior Nationals and Sectionals, and had four times Summer Super Sectional Team Champions. He has been coaching athletes at the summer Senior Nationals since 2002, and he has coached at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Trials.

Jeff is strongly proficient in operating high level swim meets.  He 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 he has three sons and a daughter-in-law.

 

Todd Clark Site Head Coach - South Fayette Site

Todd comes to us with over 30 years as a Head Coach at the collegiate, high school, and USA Swimming club levels. He is currently a member of the USA Swimming National Team staff for the second time, and he has coached his second athlete to a spot on the National Junior Team.

Todd returns to the Pittsburgh area after a successful stint with the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins and the Hawken School in Cleveland.  The Silver Dolphins rose to USA Swimming Silver Medal status under Todd’s leadership. The team produced one Olympic Trial qualifier and multiple scorers at the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals, short course Winter Junior Nationals, and long course Junior Nationals. His girl’s Hawken high school team won three team state titles, and the boy’s team won one state team title and two runner-up finishes in his three years in Ohio. His swimmers currently hold three state records from their performances at the Ohio High School State meet.

Previously, Todd had successful runs locally at both Peters Township and Fox Chapel, where he coached 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. While coaching in Allegheny Mountain Swimming, Todd 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.

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

His accolades include Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year honors and Ohio High School Coach of the Year.  An accomplished competitive swimmer himself, Todd 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.  

Michael Kocher Assistant Age Group Coach- Moon Site

I began teaching swim lessons 8 years ago in high school and have done so every year since. I spent all 4 years in college doing the higher level groups for swim lessons. I also spent the past 5 summers teaching swim lessons at Settlers Cabin Wave Pool. I started swimming in 6th grade at West Allegheny where I continued to swim for the next 6 years. I then went on to swim for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for 4 years where I was named the men’s captain for 2 years. I became an all conference swimmer my junior year, the 2019-2020 season. I spent my last semester doing an internship at Lewis Fitness and Performance where I coached numerous athletes in the weight room. I graduated Edinboro with a Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2021. During the summer of 2021 I was the assistant swim coach for Montour Heights Country Club.

Melissa Kehl Assistant Age Group Coach- Moon Site

Melissa comes to Steel City Aquatics with over 23 years of extensive coaching experience. Her previous coaching stints include head coaching positions with the Montour Marlins and Freedom Area Aqua Club, as well as an assistant coach for the Montour Marlins, West Allegheny Aqua Club, and Seneca Valley Aqua Club. Melissa has helped produce National, Junior National, Pro Series, Futures, Sectional, and Zone qualifiers, and All-American Swimmers. She also has 15 years of varsity and middle school experience, operating in both Head and Assistant Head Coach positions. Melissa has helped lead these teams to AA WPIAL and WPIAL Runner up team titles, and WPIAL and State individual champions. Moreover, her love for swimming transitioned early on to coaching at the age of 14, where she taught swim lessons at the Boys and Girls Club to disabled children. Melissa was also the Aquatics Director at Montour High School for several years, as well as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and WSI certified. 

Melissa began swimming at the age of five for the Robinson Rays summer swim team. Her love for swimming continued as she swam for the Montour Marlins and the Montour Varsity swim teams, where she achieved WPIAL and State qualifying times. She was recruited by Indiana University of Pennsylvania and she continued swimming through her college years. 

Melissa has been married for over 26 years to her husband, Matt. They have four children who have enjoyed a passion for competitive swimming. Her daughter, Leah, was a sprint freestyler who swam for California University of PA. Melissa’s son, Jarod, swam for the University of Kentucky as a distance freestyler, and her other son, Blaise, currently attends and swims for Grove City College. Her youngest son, Bobby, is a current member of Steel City Aquatics.

Mercedes McCarthy Assistant Age Group Coach- Moon Site

Merci comes to Steel City Aquatics with an extensive background for swimming and coaching. She has spent time as a coach for Northgate Aquatics, where she was one of the founding coaches for the program. Moreover, she supervised the Masters swimming program at Northgate High School. She has previously worked as a developmental and age-group coach with Team Pittsburgh Aquatics. Merci has coached High school swimming for the Beaver Area, and she has also coached at Oakland and Central Catholic for the last 16 years. She has coached numerous MAC, WPIAL, P.A. State qualifying swimmers, who have achieved High School All-American status. At Oakland and Central Catholic, she has won a combined 10 WPIAL team Championships, and 8 P.I.A.A. State Team Championships with Oakland Catholic. She was the P.I.A.A. State Coach of the Year for Oakland Catholic in 2009 and 2010.

Merci is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), and a Level 3 Coach. She is an ASCA Certified Site supervisor for Swim America, where she has trained at the ASCA training facility in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She has been a program director for Swim America for 10 years, where she has offered coaching, swim instruction, and aquatics management to various pools around the Pittsburgh area. She is a current member of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association of America (NISCA), the P.A. High School Swim Coaches Association (PHSSCA), and a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA). When not coaching, Merci runs an aquatics management company, where she provides training in safety, staffing, and in aquatic programs at numerous pools in the Pittsburgh area. She has been an American Red Cross Instructor for over 25 years, and she has instructed hundreds of lifeguards.

Merci has provided swim instruction to the Millsop Community Center in Weirton, WV, and she also spends time supporting Summer League swimming teams. She has been the head coach for the Edgeworth Club Gator Nation swim team for over 20 years. Merci is currently on the Western P.A. Country Club Swimming Association board as the executive secretary for 20 active swim teams, and she is on staff at The Club at Nevillewood.

Merci is in charge of the Bronze Program at our Moon Site, where she continues pursuing her passion for swimming in water safety. Merci attended Median School of Health Careers & CCAC for Physical Therapy Asst., CAN, and Massage Therapy, and she has raised three happy children.

Kathryn Elkins Assistant Age Group Coach- Moon Site

Prior to her arrival at Moon, Kate gained experience working for the Moon Aqua Club’s Learn to Swim program. Throughout high school, Kate was an instructor for the program where she enjoyed teaching swim lessons to beginner swimmers. Additionally, Kate was a lifeguard and swim instructor for Chanticleer Swim Club and Sewickley YMCA. Kate has worked as an assistant swim coach for Chanticleer swim team for the past three winning seasons. Kate loves working with children and teaching the younger swimmers in the Bronze group.

Kate began swimming for the Moon Area Middle School team, after having played soccer and running track. She went on to swim for Moon Area High School Varsity team and the Moon Aqua Club.

Kate is a 2019 graduate of the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School’s University Scholars Program. She is currently studying Psychology at Penn State University’s Beaver campus. 

Gianna Boburka Assistant Age Group Coach- South Fayette

Prior to her arrival at Steel City Aquatics, Gianna spent the past three seasons with the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Phoenix Swimming and Diving teams. After two years as a Graduate Assistant, Gianna was elevated to Assistant Coach. During her time with the Phoenix, Gianna helped produce several NCAA Championship qualifiers, five new Horizon League Champions, and one swimmer qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the last three seasons, she oversaw over 20 new program records and numerous All-Time Top 10 Times to the program history. In 2020, the Green Bay men’s and women’s teams were selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-American team, with the men placing 4th in the nation for team GPA across all DI schools in the country. At Green Bay, Gianna assisted the head coach in all areas of the swim program, including recruiting, training, meet preparation, seasonal and administrative planning, on-deck coaching, and dryland practices. Gianna also directed the annual swim camp and swim lesson programs at Green Bay.

Gianna previously coached for the South Fayette Aqua Club during the summer seasons of 2018 and 2019. She also gained experience coaching during high school and college, where she taught swimming skills, strokes, and water safety to children from ages six months to 17 years.

As a previous swimmer herself, Gianna competed at the Division III level for Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA for four years. She was nominated twice for women’s team captain, she had six Top-16 and five Top-8 finishes at the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, and she was named All-PAC Second team during her collegiate career. During her senior year, she helped her team to a second place finish at the PAC Championship – the best finish in program history.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Gianna earned her bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in International Business, and a master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Sydni Ellis Assistant Age Group Coach- South Fayette

Before beginning her coaching career at the South Fayette site, Coach Sydni swam for West Allegheny High School and WAAC. She gained experience working with  beginner swimmers  during her five years with the West Allegheny Aqua Club’s Learn to Swim program. The joy she found in teaching these lessons inspired her to pursue coaching and elementary education.  Additionally, Sydni has been a lifeguard and swim instructor at Settlers Cabin Wave Pool for six years. She is currently in the CASE  (Combined Accelerated Studies in Education)  program which  is a dual-certification, dual-degree program in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. 

Board of Directors
Heather Patterson President
Matt Puthoff Vice President
Beth Walker Secretary
Cami Sirbu Treasurer
Deanna Baiano Pay Roll Director
Janice Zvaleny HR Director
Leslie Connors Moon Site Director
Joe Brennan SF Site Director
Darryl Herman Registrar
Mike Leonard Data Analyst
Nate Hankinson Meet Director
Jessica Webster Fundraising Director
Lisa Frank Business Administrator
Neil Papageorge Accountant
Steve Frank Moon Meet Coordinator
Kathy Puthoff Moon Site Recorder
Jenn Stoecklein SF Site Recorder
Open Meet Coordinator SF Meet Coordinator
Open Fundraising Coordinator SF Site Fundraising Coordinator
Open Safe Sport Coordinator Safe Sport Club Coordinator