Mark Berger became the director of student-athlete development for the University of Cincinnati men's basketball program in July after serving as video coordinator since 2010.
A native of Cincinnati and loyal to his alma mater, Berger (Cincinnati, 2001) was a basketball manager for the Bearcats as an undergraduate and rejoined the program as a project coordinator for the 2009-10 season.
Berger came home to Cincinnati after serving as an assistant coach at Presbyterian College during the 2008-09 season. Prior to Presbyterian College, he was head coach at Western Texas College, restarting the men's basketball program for the 2006-07 campaign after a 13-year disbandment.
In only his second season, Berger showed the benefits of hard work during the major rebuilding process by leading the Westerners to 18 wins and a fifth-place finish in the tough Western Junior College Athletic Conference, regarded by most as one of the toughest Junior College conferences in the United States. Berger's student-athletes also excelled in the classroom where his 2008 team finished eighth in the country with a team GPA of 3.05 and included two Academic All-Americans.
Prior to taking over the Western Texas program, Berger worked as an associate head coach at Wilmington College in Ohio. Berger helped lead Wilmington to a school-record 20 wins during his second season with the program. Berger worked two seasons as an assistant coach under Pat Rafferty at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas. Berger was part of the staff that led Grayson to the NJCAA Regional Tournament during the 2003-04 season. Grayson's 2004 squad finished the season ranked second among all junior colleges in team defense.
After graduating from Cincinnati, Berger left to serve as an assistant coach at Mount Union College in Ohio. He coached Mount Union's junior varsity team to a 13-2 record during his one season with the program.
Berger holds a Masters of Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Berger is married to the former Carrie Hennessee of Ringling, Okla. The couple resides in Cincinnati with their son, Grayson.