Director of Soccer Operations
Kris Bertsch is in his fourth year with the Connecticut men's soccer staff as the team's Director of Soccer Operations.
Since his arrival at UConn, Bertsch has been heavily involved in all aspects of the program. His roles include managing team travel arrangements, video operations, team management, ticket sales and promotions, fundraising, organizing recruiting databases and team equipment, in addition to many other day-to-day operations of the program.
Since his arrival in 2005, UConn has led the nation in attendance in three of his four seasons with the Huskies. During the 2007 campaign, over 58,000 fans came to Storrs, Conn., for an average of 3,244 per contest. The 2007 season total was 20,000 more than the second-best team in the country, while the average number per game was more than 181 Division I men's basketball programs.
To help market and promote the UConn men's soccer program, Bertsch works closely with the local community, youth soccer clubs and alumni to sell single game and season tickets. In working with the local community, Bertsch also plays an integral role in organizing and directing the "Meet the Huskies" Banquet. The annual banquet serves as the major fundraiser for the men's soccer program as it presents an opportunity to for the community to connect and meet the current student-athletes on the UConn roster as well as honor others in the soccer community who have been influential in the game of soccer.
Bertsch is also instrumental in the organization of the nation's biggest student-support group for men's soccer, the Goal Patrol. Created in 2005 with only a few students in the group, the Goal Patrol currently consists of over 900 members. In only a few years, the Goal Patrol has garnered national attention through print and television media along with other college programs and professional teams.
Bertsch is also closely involved in the youth soccer scene, coaching two premier teams for Northeast United and serves as the Assistant Coaching Director of the club. In addition, he is the Technical Director of the East Hampton Soccer Club, where he implements the coaching curriculum and oversees all coaches and players.
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.
He was a four-year starter for the Eagles, earning First Team All-Patriot League honors, as well as Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition. Bertsch led American in goals and assists during the 2000 and 2001 seasons respectively, guiding the squad to the 2001 Patriot League Championship and trips to the NCAA Tournament during both seasons.
In 2001, the team reached the Sweet 16 in 2001 falling to eventual National Champion the University of North Carolina in overtime. Bertsch 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 National Championship.
In 2000, Bertsch received the Golden Boot Award, given to the leading scorer during the US Youth National Championship. In 2004, he was elected as a member of the FC Delco's Hall of Fame. A native of Clinton, N.J., Bertsch played high school soccer at The Pingry School, where he finished his career as the schools top scorer and led the team to two top ten National Rankings. He was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame in June 2007.
Bertsch graduated from American in 2003 with a degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing. HEAD COACH RAY REID ON BERTSCH "Kris has really started to come into his own over the last four years. He is very good administratively with a keen eye for detail and organization. "