Associate Head Coach Kris Bertsch
May 5, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier men’s soccer associate head coach Kris Bertsch has been recognized as one of the Top 15 Division I men’s soccer assistant coaches in the nation, according College Soccer News.
College Soccer News annually seeks to recognize assistant coaches across the country who are excelling at their work. The selections from the 2013 season include some who have been listed in the past as well as some not previously recognized. The current selections continue CSN’s trend of the past several seasons of placing additional weight on team success on the field of play in the selection criteria.
The article, posted on May 4, said of Bertsch: “Bertsch has been an assistant coach at Xavier under head coach Andy Fleming for the past four seasons. He was named associate head coach prior to the start of the 2012 season. During his four-year tenure to date at Xavier, Bertsch has been a part of 46 Xavier wins. Fleming stated, “Kris is the glue to our program and rarely has a bad day. His growth in running training has allowed me to take a look at the team from 6,000 feet and has been a big part of our consistency as a program.” Bertsch is responsible for coordinating recruiting visits and has played a role in Xavier landing several highly regarded recruiting classes. He also was instrumental in the creation of the Xooligans which is the Xavier men's soccer student support group. Prior to joining the staff at Xavier, Bertsch was an assistant coach at Syracuse and served as the director of soccer operations at UConn for four seasons.”
Bertsch was one of two assistant coaches from the BIG EAST Conference to make the list, joining Zach Samol (Georgetown).
Assistant coaches recognized in the past by College Soccer News who are now head coaches include Xavier head coach Andy Fleming, Kevin Grimes at California, Cameron Rast at Santa Clara, Bill Irwin at Portland, Robert McCourt at Monmouth, Bobby Muus at Denver, Mike Jacobs at Evansville, Todd Yeagley at Indiana, Jesse Cormier at Vermont, Kelly Findley at N.C. State, Erik Ronning at Colgate, Brian Wiese at Georgetown, Darren Powell at Elon, Damon Rensing at Michigan State, Jamie Clark at Washington, Kevin Anderson at Columbia, Sean Phillips at UIC, Eric Pogue at Oaklan, Ralph Polson at Wofford, Scott Calabrese at FIU, Brad Ruzzo at Mercer, Carlos Somano at North Carolina, Ryan Anatol at Stony Brook, Johan Cedergren at Kentucky, Jared Embick at Akron and Chris Volk at UC Irvine.