JD Berna Named New Head Football Coach for Magnolia West High School

In 2003 he accepted the position of Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Head Coach Art Briles at the University of Houston. During his tenure at the university, Coach Berna was responsible for both the men and women sports programs, working with many All American athletes.

In 2006, Coach Berna had the opportunity to return to the gridiron at a struggling Abilene Cooper High School becoming the assistant head football coach under Coach Mike Spradlin. He was in charge of coordinating the boys and girls junior high programs, coordinating special teams, implementing district wide conditioning and strength programs, as well as helping coordinate the offense. Their teams won back-to-back district championships in 2009 and 2010, and played in the third round playoffs their final three years at Abilene Cooper, setting many offensive school records.

In 2011, Coach Berna followed Coach Spradlin to assume the same duties in Temple, turning around a program that only had two winning seasons in 12 years. Coach Berna worked with the defense, and was instrumental in reviving the program, winning 44 games and winning three straight district championships the last three years, advancing to the State Finals in 2014 and the Region III Finals in 2015.

Magnolia ISD Athletic Director Mike Spradlin states, “I have had the opportunity to work with Coach Berna the past 13 years. The passion and energy he brings to an athletic program is unmatched. His expertise in all areas of coaching and administration will help to further the traditions at Magnolia West High School. We are excited to welcome the Berna family to the Magnolia West community.”

Coach Berna and his wife Vanessa have a daughter Tatum who will turn three this year. Vanessa, who is an elementary teacher, has also been recognized for her contributions in Abilene ISD and Temple ISD.