One of the fastest rising stars in coaching, Anthony Bertoli enters his third season at UNI as an assistant coach for the pole vault, multi-events, sprints/hurdles and javelin.
During the 2013 indoor season, Bertoli guided senior Ethan Miller to an NCAA qualifying performance of 5682 in the heptathlon; a mark that ranks 2nd on one of UNI’s strongest all-time lists. Miller would go on to earn 2nd team All-American honors in the heptathlon and be an All-Conference performer for the Panthers in both the heptathlon and the pole vault. Bertoli’s coaching also led to a number of standout performances by pole vaulter Libby Torresani. The sophomore increased her personal best by a total of 15 inches over the course of the indoor season, a feat that would earn her All-Conference honors and the number two position on UNI’s all-time list.
Bertoli’s success continued during the outdoor season with senior Daniel Gooris once again claiming the Drake Relays Decathlon crown, becoming only the second athlete to win back-to-back years in relays history. Gooris went on to win an unprecedented fourth MVC Decathlon title with a NCAA Championships qualifying score of 7780. Following his performance in the decathlon Gooris also captured the MVC title in the pole vault.
In the post season, Gooris asserted himself as one of the top decathletes in the country, placing 12th in one of the strongest decathlons in NCAA history and earning second team All-American honors. Extending his season further, Gooris qualified for the US Championships where he earned a spot on the prestigious USA Thorpe Cup team. The Panther senior finished as the number two athlete for the US and fourth overall, scoring a personal best of 7804 pts. During two seasons under Bertoli, Gooris flourished, setting personal bests in nine of the ten events and increasing his overall score by more than 450 points.
During the 2012 indoor season, Bertoli led Daniel Gooris to his second MVC Heptathlon title with a score of 5679. Gooris’ performance at the MVC championships would also qualify him for the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Boise, ID where he placed 9th, earning second team All-American honors. Outdoors, Gooris claimed the Drake Relays title in the Decathlon went on to secure his third MVC Decathlon title and qualify for the NCAA Championships in both the Decathlon and Pole Vault, where he earned second team All-America honors.
Senior Jenna Wexter made history on multiple occasions under Bertoli’s guidance, breaking school records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault (3.99m/13’01.00” and 3.98m/13’00.75”).
Since joining the UNI staff, Bertoli’s athletes have earned eight MVC All-Conference performances, turned in ten national qualifying marks and recorded 13 top five performances.
Prior to UNI, Bertoli served as an assistant coach at Troy University for the 2011 season. While at Troy, Bertoli worked with the horizontal jumps, pole vault and multi-event athletes. During the 2010 season, Bertoli served as a volunteer assistant coach at Indiana State University, where he had competed as a student-athlete from 2005-09. While at Indiana State, Bertoli assisted in the development of pole vaulter Kylie Hutson, a multiple-time NCAA national champion and the MVC all-time record holder.
"I am thrilled we were able to attract a coach of Anthony’s caliber to our program," noted Steele. "Coaches with his level of passion and work ethic are game-changers. With his elite-level coaching, tireless recruiting and administrative expertise, he has made an immediate impact on our program."
Bertoli is certified by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as both a jumps and a throws specialist. He is also recognized as a USA Track & Field (USATF) Level II jumps coach. In June 2011 Bertoli was selected as one of 16 coaches in the nation to attend the jumps portion of USATF’s Emerging Elite Coaches Camp, and was one of nine coaches to attend the multi-events portion in 2010.
"Having competed in the Missouri Valley myself, I know the deep history and pride that goes with UNI Track & Field and I am fully committed to building on those traditions. The opportunity to work under head coach Dan Steele has proven invaluable. I enjoy learning from the entire UNI staff on a daily basis as we work towards Panther dominance in the MVC."
Bertoli graduated from Indiana State in 2009 with a degree in Exercise Science. As a student-athlete for the Sycamores, he earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in the decathlon in 2009 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2008. Bertoli also qualified for the 2009 NCAA Mid-East Regional in the 400m hurdles. He held the ISU school record in the indoor heptathlon from 2008-2013.
B.S. in Exercise Science - Indiana State University - 2009
University of Northern Iowa - Assistant Coach - 2011-present
Troy University Graduate - Assistant Coach - 2010-2011
Indiana State University - Volunteer Coach - 2009-2010
Coaching Certifications & Education:
USTFCCCA Certified Jumps Specialist
USTFCCCA Certified Throws Specialist
USA Track & Field Level II Coach (Jumps)
USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp (Combined Events)
USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp (Jumps)
USTFCCCA Technical Certification
USATF Level I Coach
2 x NCAA National Champions
3 x NCAA All-Americans
4 x NCAA 2nd Team All-Americans
1 x NCAA Honorable Mention All-American
19 x National Qualifiers
9 x Conference Champions
24 x All-Conference Performers
8 x School Records
2 x MVC All-Time Records
3 x Drake Relays Champions