Chase Kreitler on His Vision for Pitt, Learning From Eddie Reese & Dave Durden

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Chase Kreitler has had an amazing 2022, and we’re just 5 months in. His Cal team won an NCAA title, he and his wife celebrated the birth of their first child, and this spring he was named the new Head Coach at Pitt. Somehow he still made time to talk with SwimSwam about all of it.

Many people may remember that he took paternity leave this winter before the birth of his son, JD. That’s a unique move in an industry where some coaches barely take any time off. Chase has no regrets and that kind of life balance is an important example in our sport, where there is no off season. Luckily Chase had the support of Cal head coach Dave Durden, just one of the many coaches he’s worked with in his impressive career so far.

From Peter Linn at Eastern Michigan to Eddie Reese at Texas, Tracy Slusser and Greg Meehan at Stanford, and most recently Durden at Cal, Chase has worked with some of the best. He talks about what each one has taught him as he steps into his first head coaching role. He talked about his vision at Pitt and why it was an opportunity he didn’t want to pass up. This is a great chance to learn from one of the brightest young coaches in the sport.

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Cynic
1 month ago

Great interview! Chase is clearly a super smart guy with a great grasp of what it takes to be successful! I really took a lot away from this. I think Pitt will emerge as one of the best mid major programs and with the right resources and support, could become a consistent Top 5-10 program.

Swimfan
Reply to  Cynic
1 month ago

Not mid major

exswimcoach
1 month ago

Chase, have you been to Primanti Brother’s in the Strip District yet? Order the #2 Best Seller!

Swimfan
1 month ago

Don’t know him so this isn’t a comment on his capability. I am inter to see if he can take the culture from Texas and cal to a lower tier team and get the buy in. Will this be a uva result or a South Carolina/auburn result

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

UVA was/is/has always been miles ahead of Pitt. I get you mean in terms of building but Pitt has MUCH further to go than UVA did even at their worst

Swimfan
Reply to  coachymccoachface
1 month ago

Yeah just weather it’s a success (Desorbo) or failure (Taylor) not expecting Pitt to get to that level just interested if they accept the culture change.

Drew Jalbert
1 month ago

LETS GO! H2P

Golden Panther
1 month ago

HEATHER never stepped foot in Trees Pool till after she fired Hargis.

Ghost
Reply to  Golden Panther
1 month ago

Was she the AD at EMU when they dropped men’s swimming?

Admin
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

No. She left a year before they cut men’s swimming & diving (almost to the day).

Pitt swimmer
Reply to  Golden Panther
1 month ago

Not true

Ghost
1 month ago

Peter Linn from MSU?

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Eastern Michigan

Ghost
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

I know. I was being Sarcastic. I am sure Peter wasn’t happy reading that

OhioSwimmer
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Eastern Michigan needs the respect!

Garrett
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Revised. My bad. Thanks Coleman!

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