Kris Bertsch is in his fourth year with the Connecticut men’s
soccer staff as the team’s Director of Soccer Operations. In this role, he
assists with team travel, promotions, Goal Patrol activities and plays an
integral role in the annual Meet the Huskies Banquet. He also sells individual
and group tickets to local youth soccer clubs around the state, in addition to
performing a number of administrative and logistical duties in the UConn Soccer
Bertsch is also currently the Assistant Coaching Director of
Northeast United, a premier soccer league in Connecticut, and coaches two teams
in the club.
Prior to coming to UConn, Bertsch spent time at the United
Soccer Academy, working as a coach and a member of the marketing department
following a four-year career at American from 1999-2002.
Bertsch was a four-year starter for the Eagles, earning First
Team All-Patriot League honors, as well as Patriot League Academic Honor Roll
recognition. He led American in goals and assists during the 2000 and 2001
seasons, guiding the squad to the 2001 Patriot League Championship and trips to
the NCAA Tournament during both seasons.
He spent several seasons with FC Delco during club play,
helping lead the team to the 1998 & 2000 US Youth Soccer National Titles and an
appearance in the 1999 final game. In 2000, Bertsch received the Golden Boot
Award, given to the leading scorer during the US Youth National Championship.
A native of Clinton, N.J., Bertsch played high school soccer
at The Pingry School, where he was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of
Fame in June 2007. He graduated from American in 2003 with a degree in business
administration and a concentration in marketing.