Thursday, 28 March 2013 15:34
The University of West Florida on Tuesday announced that Argonauts cross country head coach John Bergin will resign at the end of the season, his fifth with UWF.
“I am thankful for the support and resources provided by (the University of West Florida) administration to allow myself and our student-athletes a great chance to be successful,” Bergen said. “This program will continue to flourish in the future, and I am proud to have been a part of it.”
In his time as head coach, Bergen was named Gulf South Conference Women’s Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Bergen led the UWF women’s cross country team to the program’s first NCAA national championship appearance in 2011 and again in 2012. The two-time conference coach of the year also led the Argonaut women’s cross country team to back-to-back Gulf South Conference championships.
During Bergen’s tenure, 24 student-athletes have earned All-GSC honors while five received All-GSC Academic Honors. Bergen coached two GSC freshmen of the year award winners (Seth Rosanina, Kelley Bahn) in his tenure as head coach and saw the UWF women’s cross country honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association with all-academic team honors in 2010.
When named cross country coach in 2008, Bergen was no stranger to the UWF Field House, as he spent six years as an assistant professor of exercise science in the Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Department, which was housed for four of his years in the UWF Field House. Bergen took over as the interim sports information director, a position that he held until taking over the cross country coaching position.
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