Berneking Hired as Head Softball Coach

Berneking Hired as Head Softball Coach

Berneking Hired as Head Softball Coach

Buena Vista University Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray has announced that Mandie Berneking has been hired as the new head softball coach for the Beavers.  Berneking takes over for Heather Hupke, who led BVU for the past six seasons.

A 2009 graduate of Missouri Western State, Berneking returned to her alma mater in 2011 and has served as an assistant coach the last four years.  During her time as a coach with the Griffons, they went a combined 159-62 (73-23 MIAA), including a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament championship in 2014.  They also captured a regular season title in 2011 and have made three NCAA Tournament trips (2011, 2012, 2014).

"I am so excited to have Mandie joining the BVU family," says Abaray.  "She brings success both as a student-athlete and a coach, a breadth of knowledge and experience about softball and student development, and loads of enthusiasm and intensity.  I look forward to what the coming years will bring to our softball program."

Berneking  was a four-year starter at third base during her playing days with the Griffons and turned in a stand-out career.  She was a three-time Honorable Mention All-MIAA performer and is in the record book for several Griffon career and single-season records.  She is first in school history in runs (172) and stolen bases (82) and sits in the top-3 in games played (234), at-bats (748), hits (228) and doubles (50).  As a senior, she was an instrumental part in helping lead the Griffons to an MIAA record 32 straight wins and was the 2008-09 Missouri Western Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the BVU family!" states Berneking.  "This team and program has all of the right tools, personnel, staff, and support to take it to the next level, and I am very excited to be put in the position to help guide us there.""

She will look to keep the momentum going at BVU after the Beavers won a pair of games at the Iowa Conference Tournament this past spring, making them the first-ever sixth seed to accomplish that feat in tournament history.  They have made three straight IIAC Tournaments and four of the last five.

"I believe there is a lot in store for the future of BVU Softball," adds Berneking.  Turning the corner to get to the top of the IIAC standings will take hard work, dedication, a competitive mindset, and trust. I can't wait to get started on the process and work with the team!""

In addition to her coaching duties at Missouri Western, she has also spent time these last two years assisting with softball camps at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as serving as a camp instructor at the Midwest College Exposure Showcase during the summer of 2013.

Prior to returning to her alma mater to begin a career in coaching, she spent nearly two years in the business field serving as an Internet Marketing Specialist at St. Joseph Cablevision.  She then went on to earn her master's degree in Kinesiology; Sport Management from Central Missouri in 2013.

A native of Omaha, Neb., she and her husband, Trevor, have one dog, Milo.

Berneking is scheduled to begin her duties on campus August 1.