Anthony Bertoli enters his second season at UNI as an assistant coach for the jumps, pole vault, multi-events, and javelin.
Following a stand-out performance in his first year with the Panthers, sights are set even higher for 2013.
During the 2012 indoor season, Bertoli coached senior Daniel Gooris to his second Missouri Valley Conference heptathlon title with a score of 5679; a mark that ranks 2nd on one of UNI's strongest all-time lists. Gooris' performance at the MVC championships would also qualify him for the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Boise, Idaho where he placed ninth, earning second team All-American honors.
Under Bertoli, Gooris' success in the multi events continued during the outdoor season as he claimed his first Drake Relays title in the decathlon with a score of 7624. Gooris also went on to secure his third MVC decathlon title and qualify for the NCAA Championships in the decathlon. He also qualified in the pole vault, where he turned in a second team All-American performance to place 10th and 22nd respectively.
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"). Eight of Bertoli's athlete's recorded UNI top-five performances during the 2012 season and Bertoli's athletes also turned in six national qualifying marks and eight MVC All-Conference performances.
"Everything about the UNI program and institution breeds excellence," said Bertoli. "From the nationally recognized academic success our athletes consistently achieve, to the outstanding facilities and knowledge of our coaching staff, we are in a place where great things can happen. It is an exciting environment to work in."
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 2009-10 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 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."
A certified Jumps Specialist by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Bertoli is active in continuing his education in track and field. 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 currently holds the ISU school record in the indoor heptathlon.
- 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
- 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
- 2 x NCAA 2nd Team All-Americans
- 1 x NCAA Honorable Mention All-American
- 13 x National Qualifiers
- 7 x Conference Champions
- 18 x All-Conference Performers
- 7 x School Records
- 2 x MVC All-Time Records
- 1 x Drake Relays Champion