Brett Bernardo

Brett Bernardo is entering his first year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Messiah men's lacrosse team.

Bringing with him a versatile amount of experience, Bernardo spent three years coaching at Liberty University, and two years coaching at Grove City College.

While at Liberty, Brett served as the offensive coordinator, helping grow the average goals per game from 13.73 to 16.18 goals per game. In his three years, he helped grow the program from 16th to fifth in the nation, while also coaching seven All-Americans and 13 All-Conference players.

After his time at Liberty, Brett joined Grove City College during the 2020 and 2021 seasons as a defensive coordinator. While there he helped in leading them to a PAC Championship during the 2021 season, with four All-Conference players and three All-Americans.

Bernardo graduated from Shenendahowa High School in Clifton Park, NY (2011) as a scholar athlete, Section 2 First Team All-Star hockey goalie, and lacrosse midfielder. He was recruited to play lacrosse for NCAA Division I Marist College. He played his freshman year against top-ranked opponents such as Duke and Maryland, but due to an injury during his sophomore year he was redshirted. During his junior year he believed that God was leading him elsewhere. After that fall semester, Brett transferred to Liberty as a redshirt sophomore.

After his first season (Spring 2014), he was recognized as an SELC All-Tournament Midfielder, named a two-year captain, and received multiple accolades. Over the next two years, Bernardo received SELC All-Tournament Midfield, First Team SELC All-Conference Midfield, and was awarded the Corey Noonan Offensive Player of the Year Award. He was also the Liberty Flames first Division I First Team All-American in 2015, and became a two-time D1 First Team All-American in his senior year campaign.

Bernardo has also been involved with FCA Lacrosse (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), coaching and helping with camps. He is an alumnus of the FCA Fellows Internship (summer 2015). He has a passion for working with young men and their growth as leaders with their personal goals and life challenges.