Bertsch Named Mid-Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach Of The Year

Kris Bertsch was one of eight coaches nationwide to receive the award.

Kris Bertsch was one of eight coaches nationwide to receive the award.

Dec. 26, 2011

CINCINNATI - Xavier's assistant men's soccer coach Kris Bertschwas the recent recipient of the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Bertsch is one of eight assistant coaches from all NCAA divisions nationwide to receive the award.

A native of Clinton, N.J. and former standout at American, Bertsch joined the men's soccer coaching staff after Andy Flemingearned the head coaching position in December 2009. Fleming, a former award himself as an assistant, said this will inspire and energize Kris as he continues to grow as a coach.

"I'm thrilled for Kris and this award is well deserved, without question," Fleming said. "As a former longtime assistant and a winner of this award, I have an immense amount of pride in this announcement and a deep respect for assistant coaches being the glue and engines that make many programs go. Looking back, the hiring of Kris has proven to be one of the bigger milestones in our programs emergence.

Bertsch has been vital in the rebirth of the Xavier men's soccer program that has captured back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championships and reached two NCAA Tournaments. The Musketeers have a 22-12-7 record in those two years - the most in any two-year period in program history - and have two more wins than the previous four years combined.

Xavier has set several school records including goals against average, shutouts, goals allowed, winning percentage, and wins in a single season with Bertsch as the top assistant.

Under his direct guidance Xavier has set numerous attendance records including single-season average and total attendances and the single-game record set against Cincinnati last season.

Bertsch is also responsible for coordinating recruiting visits and has helped to land two top 40 recruiting classes. Additionally he oversees the game day training, preparation, and scouting for the Musketeers. Among other duties he also arranges travel, fundraising, and academic monitoring.

Prior to joining the Xavier staff he served as an assistance coach at Connecticut and Syracuse.

The other regional assistant coaches were David Beck (Rutgers), Hugh McDonald (Monmouth), Jeff Negalha (North Carolina), Ed Joyce (Georgia State), Brandon Bianco (Ohio Wesleyan), Johnny Torres (Creighton), and Paul Souder (New Mexico).