Mike Bergum enters his sixth year as the director of athletics at Earlham College for the 2017-18 academic year.
Over the past five years, Bergum has built a strong staff of head coaches, implemented measures of accountability for the varsity athletics staff, and developed a long-range plan that has allowed the department to begin to provide a more rewarding experience for Earlham student athletes.
Several facilities has seen upgrades under Bergum's direction. He has overseen the refurbishing of the College’s tennis courts, the renovation of the Darrell Beane Stadium visitor’s locker room, the resurfacing and lighting of Darrell Beane Stadium, and the construction of one of the most outstanding Division III baseball facilities in the country in Randal R. Sadler Stadium. He also oversaw the building and creation of the Matlack-Messer Soccer Complex and the refurbishing of the outdoor track.
Five teams have won Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) championships under Bergum's leadership: women's soccer in 2012, men's soccer in 2013, men's tennis in 2013 and 2014, and baseball in 2017. In addition, the 2017 baseball team won the College's first NCAA Division III Tournament game in any sport with a 6-2 victory over the College of Wooster in an NCAA Division III Mideast Regional game at Washington & Jefferson College.
Prior to coming to Earlham, Bergum was the director of athletics at New Castle High School in New Castle, Indiana. While at New Castle, he oversaw the hosting of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament, Sectional, Regional, and Semi-State Tournaments, Indiana State Cheer competitions, and Indiana State Dance competitions. He also served as the North Central Conference President.
Before New Castle, Bergum spent five years as the athletic director at Union County High School in Liberty, Indiana.
Bergum graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in athletic management. He resides in New Castle with his wife Sherri, a Richmond High School alumnae. The couple have two children, Dillon and Ellen.
*Last updated - June 27, 2017