The 2013 season will be Chris Bergmann's fifth at Lake Forest and his ninth as a collegiate head coach.
Under Bergmann's direction, the 2012 Foresters claimed the program's first Midwest Conference championship in 11 years. They finished the season with a 15-4-1 overall record and a 9-1-0 mark in league play. Lake Forest outscored opponents 53-16 on the year and Mahir Mameledzija set team and conference records while leading the nation with 27 goals and 59 points. Ethan Guenther's .897 save percentage ranked third in the country and his 0.44 goals against average was seventh.
Bergmann was selected by his fellow league coaches as the MWC Coach of the Year. Mameledzija, the MWC Player of the Year, and Guenther were joined by Steven Johnson and Charlie Brey as First Team All-MWC honorees and Alexi Spiratos was a Second Team selection. Mameledzija, Guenther, Johnson, and Brey also earned All-Region accolades from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the organization tabbed Mameledzija as the Foresters' first All-American. Mameledzija also earned Capital One Academic All-America® honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Lake Forest is now 46-24-5 (.647) overall and 22-12-3 (.635) in league play during Bergmann's four seasons as head coach. He has directed players to 13 All-MWC and 13 Academic All-MWC honors during that time.
Prior to coming to Lake Forest, Bergmann was an assistant coach at Northwestern University where he helped lead the Wildcats to a Big 10 tournament quarterfinal finish.
Bergmann's previous head coaching position was at Trinity
International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He led the Trojans
to an overall record of 20-16-3 in 2006 and 2007 combined and
earned Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors his second
season with the team. Under Bergmann's direction, Trinity
International was ranked as high as #21 in the nation (NAIA), were
CCAC runners-up two years in a row, and were NAIA Regional
Semi-Finalists in 2006. His players earned six All-American honors
and seven Academic All-American distinctions from the National
Christian College Association of America.
Bergmann was also the head coach at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, for two years. His 2005 squad posted seven more victories than in the previous season and he was named National Christian College Athletics Association West Region Coach of the Year and a fourth-place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament.
Prior to college coaching, Bergmann spent several years with the
United Soccer Leagues as the General Manager for the Chicago Eagles
Select PDL team, and was involved with the player development with
the Southern California Seahorses PDL team.
Bergmann also worked at the club level for the Lincolnshire Lightning, Pegasus, Lindenhurst Soccer Club, the Chicago Eagles, Kopion F.C., and SURF Soccer Club along with the Southern California Olympic Development Program. He is currently the Director of Coaching for the Lincolnshire Lightning soccer club where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the competitive travel soccer teams ages U8-U18, specifically focusing on curriculum and player development.
Away from soccer, Bergmann and his wife Kelly currently own and operate AIM Academic Mentoring Services in Gurnee, Illinois. The organization focuses on the mental, emotional, and personal wellness of primarily middle and high school students through academic support in all subjects. He founded and operated a similar business in San Diego from 1996-2000.
Bergmann graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and added a master's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. Bergmann holds USSF & NSCAA coaching certificates.
The Bergmanns, including children Aidan and Mackenzie, reside in