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Jerry Berndt
Jerry Berndt

Last College:
Bowling Green 1962

Position:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Year at MU:
6th


COACHING: Has a long and successful track record as one of college foot-ball's top offensive masterminds. Has had 14 years experience as a head coach at DePauw, Penn, Rice and Temple, with a career record of 55-87-3. At Penn, turned the Quakers into an Ivy League powerhouse, compiling a record of 28-9-2 his last four years. In 1984, led the team to the first unbeaten Ivy League season in Penn history, and the following year, his team had the longest NCAA Division I-AA winning streak at 15 games. Earned Ivy League "Coach-of-the-Year" honors from 1982-84 and was the U.S. Marine Corps "Sportsman of the Year" in 1983. Was head coach and athletic director at Rice from 1986-88, and then guided Temple from 1989-92. His 1990 Temple team was the nation's most improved squad, going from a 1-10 record in '89 to 7-4 the next year and was hailed by the New York Football Writers as their "Coach of the Year." Started his college coaching career as an assistant at Dartmouth, from 1971-78, a period in which Dartmouth became the first Ivy League team to win four consecutive championships until his own Penn teams duplicated that feat. Had a close personal relationship with former Tiger quarterback Corby Jones that went back to Corby's youth when his late father Curtis was on the same staff with Berndt at Dartmouth.

PLAYER: Earned five varsity letters at Wisconsin-Superior, playing football, basketball, wrestling, baseball and tennis. Was an all-conference football choice in 1959, and also played one year of football at Bowling Green State University.

PERSONAL: A native of Toledo, Ohio, who graduated from Bowling Green State in 1962 and earned a masters degree from Toledo in 1969. He and his wife Pat have three children: daughters Jodie Etter and Jamie Wojcikewicz, and son Jeffrey; and six grandchildren. Berndt was born May 11, 1938.

RECRUITING TERRITORIES: On-campus evaluations.