UT Arlington alum Brandon Berger, a fixture in the Mavericks athletics department for more than a decade, was promoted to associate head track and field coach in 2012. Under his tutelage, UTA's field event and multi-event athletes have earned conference distinction and national prominence. Berger currently coaches the team's vertical and horizontal jumpers, hurdlers and multi-event specialists.
During his time, Berger has coached 73 all-conference performers, including 16 individual conference champions and two conference athletes of the year. His student-athletes have earned eight NCAA All-America accolades, including six first-team nods, and he has helped 29 Mavericks become national meet qualifiers.
Last year, Omar Barnes won the men's triple jump championship at the outdoor meet to help the Maverick men complete the program's first-ever triple crown by winning all three track and cross country championships. In addition, Roland Sales set a school record by clearing 7-1 in the indoor high jump.
In 2013, Berger mentored an astounding 35 All-Western Athletic Conference performers, including four individual conference champions. In addition, the Maverick men (indoor) and women (outdoor) each grabbed runner-up team finishes in the WAC.
Highlighting the list of notable athletes under Berger's direction is multi-event specialist Romain Martin, who secured six All-American accolades during his time in Arlington, with three in the heptathlon and three in the decathlon. Martin earned a runner-up finish in the decathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the best individual finish by a Maverick athlete in two decades. His top heptathlon finish also came in 2012, when Martin took third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Martin is not alone in his accomplishments, however. In 2011, Isiah Clements claimed second-team All-America accolades in the outdoor high jump, while Jon McDowell earned All-America plaudits in the 110m hurdles in 2007.
A total of 14 of Berger's athletes own top-3 marks in UTA history, led by Martin, who owns the school record in both the heptathlon and decathlon. In addition, Danielle Delage (women's indoor pentathlon), Roland Sales (men's indoor high jump) and DeOna Stafford (women's indoor 60m hurdles) are UTA record holders.
Other standouts include: Stafford (2nd in 100m hurdles), McDowell (2nd in 110m hurdles), Clements (2nd in high jump), Ivan Storic (2nd in javelin), Adolphus Jones (2nd in heptathlon and decathlon), Casey Keeter (3rd in indoor shot put and outdoor shot put), James Turner (3rd in heptathlon) and Renan Palma (3rd in 60m hurdles).
A former UTA student-athlete from 1996-99, Berger competed in both the decathlon as well as the 110m and 400m hurdles. As a collegian, he helped the Mavericks win three indoor conference team championships and a pair of outdoor league titles. As a prep, Berger was a state qualifier in the 110m hurdles and helped his Odessa Permian team to the 1993 Class 5A state championship.
Berger is in his second stint as a coach with the track and field program. In 2000, he was a student assistant, coaching multi-event and field event athletes while also coordinating travel.
Berger served as assistant events manager at Maverick Stadium from 2001 to 2007. A 2000 graduate of UT Arlington with a degree in biology, Berger is married to Mishael Bertrand-Berger.