Head Football Coach
Justin Berna enters his fourth year as the head coach for the Avila University football program. Under Coach Berna, the 2012 Eagles broke a staggering 19 school records including most points in a season (294), average yards per game (401), passing yards in a game (373), points in a game (64) and rushing touchdowns in a season (21). Da'vieon Sullivan became the first Eagle to be named to the first team All-HAAC under Berna and his two-year total of All-HAAC athletes rose to 29.
In 2011 the Eagles had the second best season in school history finishing with the best record (4-6, 4-5) since 2003 (5-5) and doubling their wins from the previous year. In Berna's first year, the Eagles set three school records including: points vs. a conference opponent (50), touchdown passes in a game (4), all-conference awards (16) and the Eagles were awarded their first ever BSN All-American Award with Tyler Cardwell being named a second-team safety.
Coach Berna was previously the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. Under Coach Berna's play calling the Highlander offense set seven offensive school records, one conference record, and averaged 30.1 points per game in 2009. Coach Berna also handled all of the Highlanders strength and conditioning responsibilities.
Prior to MacMurray, Coach Berna was the wide receivers and running backs coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. At Lindenwood, Coach Berna also handled all of the team's strength and conditioning responsibilities. During Coach Berna's three seasons at Lindenwood, the team reached the national playoffs twice in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008, reaching the national semifinals and finishing with an 11-2 record and No. 3 national ranking in 2008. In 2007 the Lindenwood offense averaged 38 points per game and 6.2 yards per carry, which led the nation. Lindenwood also won the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship and finished with a 10-2 record and No. 12 national ranking. In 2008, the program won its first-ever playoff game and a trip to the Final Four. During his three seasons at Lindenwood, Coach Berna compiled a regular season record of 24-9, a conference championship, two playoff berths, and two playoff wins.
Before joining the coaching staff at Lindenwood, Berna was a two-year letter winner and captain for the Lindenwood Lions football program in 2004 and 2005. The Lions also won the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship and a trip to the national playoffs in 2004.
Berna received his Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in strength and conditioning in May 2008, and his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2006 from Lindenwood University. Berna was named to the academic All-Conference Team and to the Dean's List while at Lindenwood. The 2004 Lindenwood team was inducted into the University's Athletics Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2010.
Prior to playing and coaching at Lindenwood University, Berna was a two-year letter winner at West Hills Community College in California. While at West Hills, Berna completed his Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in May 2004, and was once again a captain for the football program. The Falcons football program earned back-to-back bowl-game berths in 2002 and 2003, winning the Pacific Graffiti Bowl in 2003. Berna was named to the academic All-Conference team and chosen as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Athlete of the Year at West Hills. As a college football athlete, Berna compiled a record of 31-13 and reached the post season three times.