Bernard begins his second season as an assistant football coach in 2019. He came to Catholic from fellow NEWMAC rival WPI, returning to his alma mater under fellow almnus, Mike Gutelius.
As the team's recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, Bernard oversaw the emergence of sophomore Trey Carson and freshmen Johnny Hecht and Mekhail White in 2018. The trio finished among the top five on the team in receiving, combining for 74 catches for 870 yards and eight touchdowns. Carson led the team with 304 yards receiving despite missing the final five games due to injury.
Carson and Hecht each posted a 100-yard receiving game last season as Carson had 10 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns at Utica while Hecht had five catches for 120 yards and one touchdown against Maine Maritime. In addition, White had a strong college debut, totaling seven catches for 70 yards and one score in the team's season opener versus McDaniel.
Bernard spent three seasons at WPI. In 2017, he helped the Engineers to a 9-2 record and a win in the New England Bowl. Three of his receivers finished in the top five in the league in receiving touchdowns. Two of those, Corey Coogan and Eric Fyrer, were named to the All-NEWMAC First and Second Team, respectively. That year, WPI tied the program record for wins while posting its first-ever postseason win in program history which dates back more than 100 years.
Prior to WPI, Bernard spent two seasons at FDU-Florham in Madison, New Jersey where he had four players earn all-conference honors. In 2015, Malik Pressley led the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) with 89 receptions for 1,152 yards and 18 touchdowns which were the second-most in Division III. He was named the program's first-ever MAC Player of the Year. The following season, Mike Panzarino led the league with 78 catches for 919 yards as he and Esaun Mobley earned All-MAC Second Team honors. In two seasons with Bernard, Mobley totaled 100 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Bernard began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Central Bucks East in 2014. He mentored five Division I players, including two who went to Columbia, two at Lafayette and one at Bucknell. As the position coach for the quarterbacks and running backs, he mentored Alex Gibson who totaled 884 yards and touchdown in an injury-plagued junior season. Jack Lamb, who moved from linebacker to quarterback after an injury to the starter, learned from Bernard and nearly led the Patriots to the playoffs.
Bernard is a 2013 graduate of Catholic with a bachelor's degree in politics. He played four seasons as a quarterback and linebacker for the Cardinals from 2009-12. As a senior, he finished fourth on the team with 277 all-purpose yards. He completed 21-of-40 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown while posting a 105.1 pass efficiency rating. He also ran for a touchdown.