AUSTIN, Texas – Bruce Berque '88 made national news last month as he led the University of Texas men's tennis team to the NCAA Division I Championship as the program's head coach. Berque took over as interim head coach during the 2019 spring season and became the program's fifth head coach after leading his Longhorns to the NCAA Championship following a 4-1 win against Wake Forest.
Texas won 20 of its 25 team points during the 2019 NCAA Championships with its closest victory coming during a 4-2 win against Florida in the national semifinals. Berque had previously served as associated head coach of the Longhorns since 2015 after joining the program as a volunteer head coach during the 2014-15 season.
Berque's tennis roots date back to Haverford where he was a four-time letter winner for the men's tennis program under Albert Dillon beginning in the 1984-85 academic year until his graduation in the spring of 1988. Berque served as the Fords' captain during his senior season, the same year in which he was named the team's Virginia Cup (team MVP) award recipient.
Following his graduation from Haverford, he joined Ann Koger's coaching staff as an assistant coach for the women's tennis program from 1988 through 1990 where. He was part of a staff that led the Fords to back-to-back PAIAW Championships in 1989 and 1990.
Berque's coaching career has also featured stops at Florida, Ohio State, Illinois, and Michigan. Over his two decades of coaching, he has been instrumental in coaching four NCAA Championship teams while coaching a total of nine conference winning squads. Berque has mentored six individual national champions and coached 21 players to a combined 42 All-America honors.