Head Coach Mandie Berneking
Mandie Berneking will begin her fifth season as head softball coach for the Beavers in 2019.
Since arriving on campus in 2015, she has helped turn the program around and coach it to its best four-year run in 20 years. The Beavers have posted three straight 20-win campaigns for the first time since 1998-99 and have qualified into four straight IIAC Tournaments.
Berneking's 18 wins during her rookie season in 2015 was the program's highest single-season total since 2001. In her second season, BVU went 20-16 season and placed third in the IIAC with a 7-5 mark.
Berneking has produced 12 all-conference selections in her first four seasons, including three All-Region honorees and one First Team Capital One Academic All-District player.
In four years, the team has set multiple school statistical records and produced more power than it had before her arrival. It has hit 100 home runs in the last four seasons, including a school-record 23 in 2017. The team's highest single-season total before her arrival was 19 back in 2011.
Her 2018 squad scored 216 runs which is fifth-most all-time, and the first time the program had surpassed 200 since 1998.
A 2009 graduate of Missouri Western State, Berneking returned to her alma mater in 2011 where she had served as an assistant coach the last four years. During her time as a coach with the Griffons, they went a combined 159-62 (73-23 MIAA), including a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament championship in 2014. They also captured a regular season title in 2011 and have made three NCAA Tournament trips (2011, 2012, 2014).
Berneking was a four-year starter at third base during her playing days with the Griffons and turned in a stand-out career. She was a three-time Honorable Mention All-MIAA performer and is in the record book for several Griffon career and single-season records. She is first in school history in runs (172) and stolen bases (82) and sits in the top-3 in games played (234), at-bats (748), hits (228) and doubles (50). As a senior, she was an instrumental part in helping lead the Griffons to an MIAA record 32 straight wins and was the 2008-09 Missouri Western Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
In addition to her coaching duties at Missouri Western, she has also spent time during the summers of 2013 and 2014 assisting with softball camps at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as serving as a camp instructor at the Midwest College Exposure Showcase during the summer of 2013.
Prior to returning to her alma mater to begin a career in coaching, she spent nearly two years in the business field serving as an Internet Marketing Specialist at St. Joseph Cablevision. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Kinesiology; Sport Management from Central Missouri in 2013.
A native of Omaha, Neb., she and her two dogs, Milo and Lucy, and reside in Storm Lake.