Tualatin Hills Swim Club Terminates Head Coach Linck Bergen

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 40

December 18th, 2014 Club, News

The Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Oregon has terminated their head coach Linck Bergen.

An official statement from the Board of Directors confirmed the move Thursday:

The Board of Directors decided it was in the best interests of the athletes and the club to make a change in the head coach position, and has implemented that decision.  Out of respect for Mr. Bergen‘s privacy, and because this is an employment matter, we will not comment further.

Bergen has been with the Tualatin Hills Swim Club since 1999. He was the Head Age Group Coach from 1999-2004, and the Head Coach from 2004-2014.

Among the items on Bergen’s resume is coaching 12 consecutive Oregon Swimming Age Group Championships while he was the head age group coach.

Bergen also counts on his resume that he “assisted in coaching six Olympians in 2004,” naming Inge de Bruijn, Chantal Grout, Kaori Hamada, Igor Martchenko, Junko Onishi, and Dennis Pimankov among those he participated in coaching.

Linkc Bergen was exposed to many high level coaching opportunities through his father, Paul Bergen.

Among the club’s most recent successes under the leadership of Linck Bergen is their boys’ 11-12’s, who earlier this year set National Age Group Records in the 200 yard free relay and the 200 yard medley relay.

Linck Bergen is an ASCA level 4 coach.

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Travesty. Linck perennially created great swimming from top to bottom at T-hills. The board got caught up focusing on age group swimming and lost site of the big picture. Coaches who think this is a great opportunity beware. Your walking into a board gone awry.

NM Coach

The situation you’re describing is happening all over the country. Basically it is the same thing that happened at Plano. It is sad to see that happened! The clubs end up suffering in the long run!

Shark coach

What is going on with these clubs?

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