MM 7.7: Maryland men’s lacrosse welcomes back Jake Bernhardt as offensive coordinator

Jake Bernhardt will return to Maryland Men’s Lacrosse as an assistant coach and offense coordinator, the program announced Wednesday.

Bernhardt played for the Terps from 2010 to 2013 and was the team’s operations manager during the 2014 season. He is from Vermont, where he has spent the last five seasons and held the Associate Head Coach title in 2021.

“I am very pleased to have Jake Bernhardt returning to College Park,” head coach John Tillman said in Wednesday’s statement. “Jake is one of the most accomplished players to have played for Maryland in the past decade and has established himself as one of the top lacrosse coaches in the country. His character, leadership, knowledge of the game and passion for Maryland Lacrosse and the University of Maryland will greatly benefit our program. Jake will work hard to help our student athletes be their best as people, students and players.”

While in Vermont, Bernhardt helped oversee a program that reached its first two NCAA tournaments in program history. Four Vermont players on Bernhardt’s offense scored 50+ points during the 2022 season. Bernhardt’s last game against the Catamounts was a 21-5 loss to his alma mater in the first round of the 2022 NCAA tournament. The Terps’ new assistant was capable of that pass on the news to his Vermont team via Zoom Tuesday night via Tillman.

Bernhardt was a star player during his time in Maryland and led the Terps as a two-time captain. As a midfielder under Tillman, he scored 49 goals and shared 14 assists. The Terps reached the national championship game during his 2011 junior season, and Bernhardt recorded a goal in the title fight.

“I want to thank Coach Tillman and everyone at the University of Maryland for the opportunity to return to College Park and work with the men’s lacrosse program,” Bernhardt said. “It is an incredible opportunity to continue the rich tradition of this program and to work alongside its exceptional student-athletes. Now it’s time to get to work in College Park. be the best.”

The Bernhardt family has been very successful in Maryland, and now Jake can reunite with his younger brother Jesse on the 2023 staff. Jesse mans the other side of the ball as the defensive coordinator for the Terps. The two brothers played together in Maryland from 2010 to 2013. The youngest Bernhardt brother, Jared, played in Maryland from 2017–21, winning a national championship in 2017 and receiving the 2021 Tewaaraton Award. After a year of winning the national championship at Ferris State in 2021, Jared received a contract with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

Jake Bernhardt is currently in his 11th professional lacrosse season, playing for the Whipsnakes LC of Premier League Lacrosse.

In other news

Former Maryland guard Kevin Huerter was officially acquired by the Sacramento Kings via a trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

Former terp Aaron Wiggins was active at both ends of the floor for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 98-77 win over the Utah Jazz late Tuesday night.

The season is fast approaching as Maryland Football 2022 heads towards national relevance.

After re-signing with the Indiana Pacers in free agency, former Terp Jalen Smith is poised to be the team’s starting power forward for the 2022-23 season.

Maryland men’s soccer is now less than 50 days from the start of the 2022 season at Ludwig Field.

Estelle Johnson, coach of the Maryland women’s soccer team, scores goals for Cameroon at the national level.

Maryland lacrosse graduate Aurora Cordingley was hired as an assistant coach in Massachusetts after a 2022 Big Ten Attacker of the Year season as a player.

Cordingley and fellow former Terp Erica Evans dominated for Team Canada in the Round of 16 of the Women’s Lacrosse World Championship on Tuesday.

Maryland Baseball’s Luke Shliger gets some love for his performances for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Maryland Wrestling’s Jaxon Smith is gearing up for this weekend’s U20 Pan Am Championship as a member of Team USA’s men’s freestyle team.

John Phillips, newly minted Maryland men’s golf coach, is ready to get started with the terps.

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