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Gary Bernardi: 2012 Colorado Assistant Coach Candidate

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by dio, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Gary Bernardi: Offensive line coach at San Jose State


    Gary Bernardi facts
    Born: September 24, 1954 in Burbank, Calif.
    2010-12 San Jose State University offensive line coach
    2005-09 UNLV offensive line/tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator
    2004 Northern Arizona University offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator
    1994-2003 UCLA tight ends/offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator
    1987-92 USC tight ends/offensive tackles coach, special teams coordinator
    1986 University of Arizona tight ends/offensive tackles coach
    1985 University of Arizona wide receivers coach
    1980-84 University of Arizona tight ends/offensive tackles coach

    They played for Coach Bernardi
    Johan Asiata, OG – Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL), three professional seasons
    Joe Hawley, OL – Atlanta Falcons, two NFL seasons
    Jonathan Ogden, OT - 12 NFL seasons
    Brad Banta, TE - 11 NFL seasons
    Scott Galbraith, TE - 9 NFL seasons
    Tony Boselli, OT - 8 NFL seasons
    Pat Harlow, OG - 8 NFL seasons
    Dave Cadigan, OG - 7 NFL seasons
    Ken Margerum, WR - 7 NFL seasons
    Ryan Neufeld, TE - 7 NFL seasons
    Paul Green, TE - 5 NFL seasons
    Mike Seidman, TE - 5 NFL seasons
    Mike Freeman, OG - 4 NFL seasons
    Mark Walczak, TE - 4 NFL seasons
    Bryan Fletcher, TE - 3 NFL seasons
    Kris Farris, OT - 2 NFL seasons
    Marshawne Graves, OT - 2 NFL seasons

    Bowl participation
    1985 Sun Bowl
    1986 Aloha Bowl

    1988 Rose Bowl

    1989 Rose Bowl

    1990 Rose Bowl

    1992 Freedom Bowl

    1995 Aloha Bowl

    1998 Cotton Bowl
    1999 Rose Bowl
    2000 Sun Bowl
    2002 Las Vegas Bowl
    2003 Silicon Valley Football Classic

    Gary Bernardi joined the San Jose State football staff in January 2010. Entering his third season with the Spartans in 2012 and 31st season coaching in the Football Bowl Subdivision, he is coaching the offensive linemen.

    Throughout his professional career, he has been connected with winning programs, established his reputation as a keen recruiter and developed all-star offensive linemen, tight ends and wide receivers. Twelve times, he has coached in major college post-season bowl games. Five of them were Rose Bowl appearances with USC (1988, 1989, 1990) and UCLA (1999).

    At San Jose State, senior offensive tackle David Quessenberry, a 2011 second-team All-WAC pick; 2012 New York Jets free agent Fred Koloto; and ARENA football linemen Isaac Leatiota and Ailao Eliapo blossomed under him.

    Bernardi came to San Jose State after coaching offensive linemen and tight ends at UNLV from 2005 through 2009. A fixture in the Pac-10 Conference, he was an assistant coach at Arizona (1980-86), USC (1987-92) and UCLA (1994-2003). Bernardi also spent 2004 as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University.

    The 1976 Cal State Northridge graduate majored in physical education. He started coaching in 1973 before his 19th birthday at Bell-Jeff High located in Burbank, Calif. After two seasons, he moved on to his alma mater, Monroe High, in Sepulveda, Calif. (1975), and then to Fountain Valley (Calif.) High for four seasons (1976-1979) before entering college coaching. He also served as the head coach at Burroughs High in Burbank in 1993.

    Offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden, Chad Overhauser and Kris Farris at UCLA; Dave Cadigan and Tony Boselli at USC; and wide receiver Ken Margerum, first a high school star at Fountain Valley High before excelling at Stanford, are the consensus All-America players coached by Bernardi.

    Outside the coaching world, Bernardi was an active member of the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association Los Angeles chapter when he was coaching at UCLA. On two occasions, he represented the ALS Association in Washington, D.C. meeting with United States senators and congressmen.

    He and his wife, Leigh, a Stanford Hospital registered nurse, are the parents of three adult children. Marina is an administrative assistant for Medtronic, Inc., in San Antonio, Texas. Twins, Briana and Joe, were NCAA Division I student-athletes. Briana, has a master’s degree from UNLV and was a catcher for the 2006-10 Rebel softball teams. Joe, a starting center in football at Fresno State, is in his second year on the University of Tennessee staff. Coach Bernardi's brother, Rob Bernardi, is the director of athletics at Nicholls State University.
  2. Tractor

    Tractor Club Member Club Member

    Oct 7, 2010
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    Looks like a :thumbsup: from me
  3. Gold

    Gold Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2012
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    He looks like Bernie from Weekend at Bernies, sans moustache and smile.
  4. BuffClass90

    BuffClass90 Banned BANNED

    Apr 9, 2012
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    I'm gonna miss Marshall, but....:lol: Okay...couldn't finish that sentence with a straight face.

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