Chase Kreitler Named Head Coach At Pittsburgh
BERKELEY – The University of Pittsburgh announced Tuesday that California assistant coach Chase Kreitler has been named the head coach of the Panthers' men's and women's swimming & diving teams.
Kreitler recently completed his fourth year on staff at Cal, having arrived in Bear Territory ahead of the 2018-19 season. During his four seasons at Cal, Kreitler helped the Golden Bears continue as the premier collegiate and post-graduate program in the country with NCAA team championships in 2019 and 2022, an NCAA runner-up team finish in 2021, four consecutive Pac-12 Conference team championships, 13 total NCAA individual and relay champions and 199 All-American swims.
Kreitler was instrumental in Cal's training for, and eventual success at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – eight Bears competed in Tokyo and totaled four medals – as well as the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, which saw nearly two dozen Bears compete. He served on Team USA's coaching staffs at the 2019 World University Games and the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.
"Our program's coaches, staff, student-athletes, parents and alumni could not be happier for Chase, Liz and JD," Cal head coach David Durden said. "Chase was fantastic for our program and our athletes during his time in Berkeley and we look forward to his continued success at Pittsburgh."
Before arriving at Cal, Kreitler had coaching stints at Stanford, Texas, LSU, Eastern Michigan and his alma mater, CSU Bakersfield. He swam for the Roadrunners from 2005-09 and co-captained the team as a senior before earning his undergraduate degree in exercise science in 2010.
Kreitler and his wife, Liz (Thurston), have a son, JD, who was born earlier this spring.
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