The highly decorated mentor to Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson returns to assistant coaching duties after serving the last three seasons as the team’s Director of Operations. Bernard previously served as a Hornets assistant coach from 2006-to-09. During the 2006-07 season, he helped lead the Hornets to their third consecutive MEAC regular season title, an appearance in the MEAC Tournament title game and National Invitation Tournament berth.
The Brockton, Mass., native has more than 30 years of experience in collegiate coaching.
From 1991 to '97, he posted a 141-67 record (.678) as head coach at Norfolk State University. Bernard led the Spartans to two NCAA Division II regional titles (1994, '95) and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
His 1995 team made it all the way the NCAA Division II Final Four, while the 1991 Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight. Bernard led Norfolk State to the 1996 CIAA Tournament championship and posted four 20-win seasons at the school.
From 1985 to '91, he was head coach at North Carolina Central University. The highlight of his tenure at NCCU was leading the school to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1989. Greg Jackson was Bernard's assistant during the championship year. Bernard was selected as the National Division II Coach-of-the-Year in 1989. He was named CIAA Coach-of-the-Year in 1988 and '89.
His overall record at North Carolina Central was 115-56 (.673).
Bernard earned a bachelor's in Political Science from Kentucky State in 1970. He and wife Deborah have been married for 18 years.