Regis University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics, David Spafford, is excited to announce a five-year contract extension for Head Regis Men’s Basketball Coach, Brady Bergeson.
“Coach Bergeson and his staff have made tremendous strides since taking over our men’s basketball program in 2015-16. A solid foundation has been established and we look forward to continued success for our men’s basketball program” said David Spafford Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics.
The extension for Bergeson comes as a direct result of the success he has produced over the past three seasons, featuring the program’s first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Tournament Championship.
After taking over in 2015, Bergeson helped the team to a 9-19 overall record, improving by four wins from the previous season.
In 2016-17, the team improved by 11 wins, finishing with an overall record of 20-9, which was the first 20-win season in 19 years (1997-98). The team finished fourth in the conference and qualified for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Tournament for the first time in nine seasons.
Last season, Regis enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in program history. The team posted a 27-6 record, the second-most wins in single-season team history, finishing second in the conference with a 17-5 in-conference record. Additionally, the team captured their first-ever RMAC Tournament Championship with an 88-80 win over the tournament No. 1 seed, Fort Lewis College, in Durango.
With the win, the team advanced to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Championship Tournament where they beat Dallas Baptist University 87-82 in the opening round on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
The Rangers faced the University of Texas – Permian Basin the following day in a game that will go down as an all-time classic. The teams battled it out through four overtime periods with the Falcons of UTPB prevailing with the 130-124 win, ending RU’s historical season.
During his time at Regis, Bergeson has posted a 56-34 record as the head coach, giving him a .622 winning percentage, which currently stands as the third-highest in the Rangers coaching record books.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue coaching here for what I hope is a very long time. To be entrusted by the leadership at Regis University to positively impact the lives of our young men is a huge responsibility and an even bigger honor” said Bergeson, “we are building a championship organization, and this renewed commitment gives us the chance to plan for the future and continue what we have started over our first three years. I am grateful for the confidence that David Spafford, Roby Blust, and Father Fitzgibbons have shown in our staff, and we look forward to making the Regis community proud for years to come.”
Bergeson’s new contract will run through the 2022-23 basketball season.