Finish is the best by a UTA athlete since 1991
All-American wins six of seven events en route to 5,796 points
UT Arlington hurdler competes for El Salvador this week
Brandon Berger has coached Mavericks student-athletes to seven Southland Conference individual championships during his first five years as the field events specialist on UT Arlington's coaching staff. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2012.
Last year, Berger helped take the program's multiple events to new heights, guiding Romain Martin to a third-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and First-Team All-America plaudits.
Also under Berger's tutelage, Martin won the Southland Conference indoor title with an SLC record heptathlon score, as well as the outdoor crown in the decathlon. Martin also earned Southland Conference Indoor Athlete of the Year and Outdoor Newcomer of the Year honors during his first year at UT Arlington.
Additionally, two of Berger's athletes - Martin (decathlon) and Isiah Clements (high jump) - earned Second-Team All-America outdoor honors in 2011. Two more of Berger's pupils, Casey Keeter (shot put) and Ivan Storic (javelin), also represented UTA in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In all, 10 athletes coached by Berger scored points in a total of 13 events during the 2011 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, and seven athletes scored points for Berger in the league's indoor meet.
A former UTA student-athlete from 1996-99, Berger competed in both the decathlon and the hurdles. During his career, Berger posted four top-10 finishes in the decathlon at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships. His best league finish was fourth as a junior in 1998. His conference total of 6,456 points in 1997 still ranks fifth on the school's all-time decathlon list.
Berger competed in the 55-meter hurdles during the indoor season. His personal-best time came at the SLC Indoor Championships in 1998, when he clocked a 7.81.
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.
Prior to re-joining head coach John Sauerhage's staff, 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.