LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Knights legend Tomas Bernedo has returned to the Bellarmine College males’s soccer crew as a graduate assistant on Coach Tim Chastonay‘s workers.
Bernedo competed for Bellarmine from 2016-19 and is among the most achieved gamers in program historical past. In his ultimate season with the Knights, the standout ahead earned Division II All-America accolades and was named GLVC Offensive Participant of the 12 months whereas serving to lead the crew to the Candy 16. He performed professionally with the Michigan Stars Soccer Membership of the Nationwide Unbiased Soccer Affiliation in 2020.
“I’m excited to have Tomas again this 12 months as our graduate assistant,” Chastonay stated. “Tomas was instrumental in serving to create the tradition that surrounds this system. He shall be an important useful resource for our youthful gamers each on and off the sphere. Having Tomas again at Bellarmine is a win for each the College and our soccer program.”
Bellarmine is coming off its first season in D1 and the ASUN Convention. The Knights captured the North Division’s prime seed within the ASUN Championship after going 3-1 in league play and completed 4-4 total in a debut season closely formed by the coronavirus.
“I really feel actually grateful of the chance the crew is giving me,” Bernedo stated. “I’ve spent among the greatest years of my life taking part in for the Bellarmine soccer crew, and it makes me actually pleased to get one other likelihood to remain concerned with this system, now with a distinct position. Undoubtedly trying ahead to this upcoming season on the D1 stage, and I hope that I contribute so much now from a training standpoint.”
Bernedo definitely contributed so much as a participant at Bellarmine.
He completed his profession with 25 objectives and 22 assists, the latter tying him for third in program historical past. His 35 factors in 2019 tied for eighth all-time in a single season in program historical past and his 14 objectives tied for tenth. Bernedo’s tally of 9 assists his junior 12 months is tied for fourth all-time. A four-year starter, he appeared in 70 video games with 68 begins.
Bernedo was a three-time All-GLVC choice, incomes first-team laurels his ultimate two seasons, and a two-time All-Midwest Area performer, receiving consensus first-team plaudits his senior season from the United Soccer Coaches and D2CCA. His distinguished finale with the Knights additionally included garnering this system’s first GLVC Offensive Participant of the 12 months acknowledgement, and he was recognized as a third-team All-American by the D2CCA. This previous 12 months, he was named to this system’s All-Decade Group.
Along with the heap of on-field awards, Bernedo was an exemplary scholar, incomes United Soccer Coaches first-team Scholar All-South Area discover his ultimate season whereas being an Tutorial All-GLVC mainstay.
Bernedo’s class was the catalyst for a outstanding ascension. His freshman season Bellarmine went 6-8-4 total and 5-7-3 within the GLVC. The Knights adopted by going 11-5-1 (9-4-1 GLVC) in 2017, 12-5-2 (9-3-1) in 2018 and, lastly, 16-1-5 (10-0-4) in 2019, the latter representing probably the most profitable season in program historical past and included this system’s first GLVC Match title and NCAA II Match berth.
“My expertise at Bellarmine was simply unbelievable,” Bernedo stated. “I feel I loved my time with this system a lot as a result of as a crew we obtained higher each single 12 months, from a crew that did not make the GLVC Convention Match my freshman 12 months to a crew that gained their convention event for the primary time in program historical past and made it to the NCAA Match my senior 12 months. It’s actually gratifying to consider how a lot a program was capable of enhance throughout these 4 years.
“It could’ve been an important reminiscence going to a soccer program with a number of wins that’s used to competing for a nationwide championship yearly. Nevertheless, the sensation of seeing how a lot this crew improved and obtained rewarded by that’s completely priceless.”
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