We are pleased and excited to announce Moon Aqua Club’s new head coach, Jeff Berghoff. 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 Bonham
Assistant Head Coach
Marian graduated from Moon Area High School in 2010 and is currently attending CCAC. She is currently serving as an Assistant Coach with Moon Aqua Club. Marian swam for Moon Aqua Club for 7 years, and before that she swam on Montour Heights Country Club summer swim team. She also swam on the Moon Area Middle School swim team as well as the Moon Area High School Varsity Swim Team. Marian earned a varsity letter all four years of her high swimming career and was a captain of the girls swim team for her senior year. Marian has been a certified life guard for 4 years. Throughout Marian’s whole high school and college years she has taught swim lessons at Moon Area High, Carlynton junior and senior high school, Montour Height Country Club, and Sewickley Valley YMCA. Finally, she recently coached the YMCA 8 and under girls who won the Novice Championship.
Sierra R Neft
Assistant Age Group 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
Laura comes to Moon Aqua Club with extensive swim coaching experience. Most recently Laura was the age group coach for the Sewickley YMCA swim team, and a swim lesson instructor for adults, children, and Iron Man Athletes.
Additionally, Laura was the Assistant Women's Swim Coach for California University of PA where she was responsible for implementing and leading daily practices and instructing student athletes in the skills and strategies necessary to maximize performance. Laura also developed and implemented their dry-land conditioning program, Assisted with underwater filming, athlete reviews, and cultivated a recruiting network that helped identify college prospects.
Laura also held the Head Coach position for Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team, Aquatics Coordinator and Head Instructor for the Bower Hill Swim Club. She was also an assistant age group coach for Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club and held the responsibility of Head Masters Coach prior to her time as an age group coach at Upper St Clair from 2010-2012.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Laura is a Moon Area Alumni. She started swimming at the age of 6 for the Wyngate Swim Club team and participated in the Moon Aqua Club for 8 years, specializing in distance events. During her high school career Laura qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Conference all four years helping the Girls team achieve first place her senior year. She also contributed to the WPIAL team for four years, swimming events such as the 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay and the 500 Free. Laura is a four year letter winner as well as the winner of four scholar athlete awards. Laura worked as a lifeguard and taught swim lessons at both the High School and Wyngate Swim Club for 6 years. Laura was the assistant coach for the Wyngate Swim team the summer of 2006.
After high school, Laura graduated from Kent State University with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the assistant coach for the Moon Area High School and Middle School swim teams. Laura also currently works as a substitute teacher in the Moon Area School District.
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.
Moon Aqua Club offers Pilates to our swimmers as part of our strength and conditioning program. We are pleased to announce that we have contracted with Pilates Instructor Marissa Watson for the 2016 LC season.
Marissa is a passionate instructor who fuels her competitive spirit by helping others challenge themselves and break through their personal fitness goals. Having grown up actively participating in competitive dance, gymnastics and cheerleading; she is no stranger to the challenges of competition and the benefits of physical fitness. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania, she was introduced to Pilates and Indoor Cycling to keep her healthy and active. Loving how Pilates challenged her mind and body, she was inspired and took a more involved approach, gaining Basic & Advanced certifications in Mat and Reformer Pilates through IM=X Pilates. For the past 8 years, Marissa has dedicated herself as a full time fitness instructor and, for the past two years, as co-owner of Motion on Main, where she leads the Pilates program. Through the years, Marissa has expanded her fitness knowledge and certifications to include NAFC Group Fitness, Pilates Tower, Chair, Barre, Indoor Cycling, and Piloxing.
Since July of 2014, as co-owner of Motion on Main, Marissa’s main focus has been expanding her Pilates program offering mat, reformer, chair and tower sessions. She helps her clients maintain a healthy functioning body using Pilates principles. She gives individualized attention by correcting form and giving constant feedback to her clients of all ages and fitness levels including athletes and those who just been released from Physical Therapy. Many of her clients leave feeling a difference just after one session along with getting a specialized workout that has been tailored to fit their body’s needs and goals. For More information about Marissa Watson, please click HERE.