Bernardy, who has been the Pipers’ head coach for the past three seasons, is leaving Hamline to join her husband, Brad, at their home in Iowa.
“On a professional level, I greatly appreciate and will miss Lynette’s calm demeanor, professionalism as a coach, and her ability to make tough decisions with integrity. She has been an invaluable member of our athletic administration and a respected ambassador of our department as our senior women’s administrator,” said Beeman. “While I will miss her presence in our office, I fully understand and support her decision to be with her family.”
Bernardy posted a 37-36 overall record at the helm of the Pipers, leading her team to .500 or better seasons each of her three years. Prior to taking over at Hamline, she served as the head volleyball coach at Bethany Lutheran College for twelve seasons from 1991-2002 and the head softball coach from 1991-2001. At Bethany Lutheran, Bernardy led the Vikings to 11 Minnesota Community College Conference championships, four state championships, seven regional championships and four national tournament appearances.
“Lynette is a consummate professional who knows what it takes to build a competitive volleyball program,” adds Beeman. “She has brought in athletes who are forming a strong foundation for successful years in the future.”
In her first season overseeing the Piper volleyball program, Bernardy led the team to a sixth place MIAC tournament seed and set nine new school records for team statistics, including total kills in a season (1383), kills per game (14.41), total digs in a season (2073) and digs per game (21.59).
“It has been both an honor and privilege to serve as head women's volleyball coach at Hamline University. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented group of student athletes, administrators, coaches, and support staff,” said Bernardy. “My time here has afforded me the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally, and for that I am especially thankful.”
Bernardy will remain with the Hamline staff until January 31, continuing to serve in her role with the athletic department administration and assisting with the recruiting of the 2010 first-year class.
A national search for Bernardy’s replacement will begin immediately with the new coach anticipated to join the Piper staff on a full-time basis on February 1.
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