Brandon Berger
Brandon  Berger

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Coaching Duties:
Vertical and horizontal jumps, hurdles, multi-events

05/29/2015

T&F: Sky proving to be no limit for UTA jumpers

Sales, Fawehinmi and Obikudu starring in the field for the Mavericks.

01/16/2013

2013 Hall of Honor inductee Mishael Berger

Berger helped lead UTA to consecutive SLC championships from 1999-2001.

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 108 all-conference performers, including 25 individual conference champions and three conference athletes of the year. His student-athletes have earned nine NCAA All-America accolades, including six first-team nods, and he has helped 52 Mavericks become national meet qualifiers.

In the summer of 2017, Berger was selected to coach the jumps and throws for Team USA at the World Junior Para Athletics Championships, where his five athletes recorded three gold medals and one silver.

Berger served as a mentor to Tobi Fawehinmi, who won a gold medal in the triple jump and a bronze medal in the long jump at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. Fawehinmi was also named the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Outstanding Field Performer.

In addition, the Maverick men claimed the second "triple crown" in Sun Belt history in 2017, and Berger boasted three league individual event champions. Fawehinmi won the triple jump during the indoor season, while Christian Schiemann (decathlon) and Emeka Nwangwu (110m hurdles) claimed titles in the outdoor campaign. It was Nwangwu's second straight league crown in the event.

High jumper Roland Sales claimed league titles in the indoor and outdoor campaigns in 2016 a year after advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he placed among the nation's top 20. On the women's side, Chineme Obikudu reached the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary Round in the triple jump and competed for Team USA at the Junior Pan American Games. She also was the USA junior national champion in the event.

In 2014, 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, 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 17 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 and Alexus Henry (women's indoor pentathlon and indoor high jump). Roland Sales (men's indoor high jump) and DeOna Stafford (women's indoor 60m hurdles) are also UTA record holders.

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. They have one daughter, Ava.

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