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.