Cutter Bernhard enters his second year as graduate assistant with the Sam Houston State men’s and women’s track and field programs. Bernhard is in the process of completing his master’s in human and sports performance while also working with the Bearkats’ pole vaulters.
In 2015, both the men’s and women’s programs took runner-up at the Indoor and Outdoor Southland Conference Championships. Under the direction of Bernhard, the Bearkat men and women have captured indoor school records in the pole vault including Kara Whitson (13 feet, 2 ¼ inches) and Jay Roberson (17 feet, 4 ½ inches). During the 2015 Outdoor season, Bernhard guided three Kats to the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round.
During his tenure in Huntsville, the Bearkat pole vaulters have won two event Championships, two Runner-up Finishes, an All-Southland performer and 14 SLC Championship point scorers.
As a volunteer coach in 2014, the Bearkat women claimed the Southland Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championship, securing a league title for the first time since 2008, while the men took runner-up at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. Bernhard mentored Whitson and Roberson to their first NCAA Division I West Qualifying Round appearances as well as Garrett Larson to the USATF Junior Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.
As a member of the Bearkats track and field team, he registered five top 10 finishes at the Southland Conference Championships. As a senior in 2012, he placed sixth at the Outdoor SLC Championships jumping 16 feet, ¾ inches. During his career, Bernhard served as a team captain for three seasons and a member of the Student Athlete Advisement Committee for 3 years.