Abbey Bernardo hired as UChicago Diving Coach

Originally posted on University of Chicago Physical Education and Athletics, October 30

University of Chicago Head Swimming Coach Jason Weber recently announced that Abbey Bernardo has been hired as Head Diving Coach.

Bernardo joins the Maroons after serving as Volunteer Assistant Diving Coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2013-14 and Northwestern University in 2011-12. She also has club coaching experience at Oakton Diving Club (2009-12) and Windy City Diving Club (2012-present). At the club level, Bernardo has helped develop more than 50 Illinois High School state qualifiers, 16 state finalists and one state champion. Many of her club divers have competed in USA Diving Region and Zone meets, with more than 40 who have qualified for USA Diving Junior Nationals.

"We're very excited to be adding a diving coach with Abbey's experience and knowledge to our staff," Weber said. "With her expansive Division I and club level experience as a diver and coach, I know she'll be able to continue the recent success of our diving team and help them take the next step in becoming the best program in all of Division III."

Bernardo was a varsity diver and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection for the University of Illinois from 2005-08. She earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Illinois and her master's degree in sports administration at Northwestern.