Bertsch Promoted To Associate Men's Soccer Head Coach
July 31, 2012
CINCINNATI - Kris Bertsch, who has been a vital part in the resurgence of the Xavier men's soccer program, has been promoted to associate head coach.
The announcement made by head coach Andy Fleming on Wednesday comes on the heels of back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championship titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. Fleming mentioned Bertsch's work ethic and dedication to the program as the primary reasons for the promotion.
"First I want to congratulate Kris on a well deserved promotion," Fleming said. "I also want to give special thanks to Xavier Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski, Xavier Vice President John Kucia, and Xavier Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing Brian Hicks for their recent efforts to enhance the facilities and infrastructure around the men's soccer program.
"Kris accepting the job at Xavier was a huge milestone in our program's transformation and he has really hit his stride in training the team, developing players, and overseeing a good deal of our recruiting efforts. He is now aware that the words `head coach' are now part of his title and will use this to further fuel the growth of his career and our program."
Bertsch enters his third season on sidelines for the Musketeers in 2012. During his first two seasons he has helped guide Xavier to 22 wins - the most in any two year-period in program history - and set several school records, including goals against average, shutouts, goals allowed, winning percentage, and wins in a single season.
Bertsch was named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year and was one of only eight assistant coaches from all NCAA divisions to receive the award.
He is also responsible for coordination of recruiting visits and has landed top 40 recruiting class rankings from College Soccer News in 2010 and 2011. Earlier this summer College Soccer News awarded a four-star ranking to this year's recruiting class.
Bertsch has worked collaboratively along with Xavier marketing to achieve success at the gate, which has resulted in numerous attendance records. In just two seasons the Musketeers have set single-season average, total attendance, and single-game records.
His other duties include team travel, alumni relations, fundraising, budget planning, game day and team training preparations, video, equipment organization, marketing and academic monitoring.