Coaches

2020-2021 Swim & Dive

(L-R) Chris Copeland, Derek Berg, Rachel Neuman, Emma Roush

Head Coach, Derek Berg

Derek joined Shawnee Mission South as Head Swim & Dive Coach for both Boys and Girls teams in 2018. He previously coached at Olathe West High School (2017-2018), was head coach of both the Boys and Girls Swim and Dive teams at Blue Valley North (BVN) from 2007-2017. He was also head coach with the Olathe Lightning from 2005-2007 where he worked with swimmers at all ages and ability level.

While at BVN, Derek coached the Mustangs to 14 EKL Championships, 2 Kansas 6A Boys State Championships (2011 & 2014), 6 State Records, 18 All American Athletes, and numerous School Records. Derek was named the 2011 KS Girls Coach of the Year, the 2016 KS Boys Coach of the Year, 2011 NFHS Sectional Girls Coach of the Year, and 2016 Sectional Boys Coach of the Year.

Since coming to South, highlights have included a third-place at League for the Girls in 2019, and for the Boys 2nd at League and 5th at State in 2021. Derek was named KS 6A Boys Coach of the Year in 2021.

Derek swam for the University of South Dakota, specializing in Butterfly, IM, and Sprints, contributing to the only two NCC Championships in school history. The 1999 Coyote NCC Championship team that Derek served as Captain, was inducted into the USD Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2018.

 

Assistant Coach, Chris Copeland

Assistant Coach, Rachel Neuman

Assistant Diving, Emma Roush