Mike Bergum Named Director of Athletics at Earlham College
April 4, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
RICHMOND , Ind. — Earlham College President David Dawson has announced the
appointment of Mike Bergum as the College’s new Athletic Director. Bergum will begin
his duties June 1, 2012.
“I am extremely pleased to announce Mike’s appointment,” says Dawson . “He brings a
broad range of experience and enthusiasm to the job. He is an exciting addition to
For the last 16 years, Bergum has been the Athletic Director at New Castle High
School (formerly New Castle Chrysler High School ) in New Castle , Ind. , where he
oversees, organizes and schedules 10 boys and 10 girls sports in the North Central
Conference of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).
“This is a great opportunity for me professionally and a great time in my life to
move in this direction,” Bergum says. “I’m excited about being at the college level
and forming new relationships.”
During his tenure at New Castle , Bergum has implemented a variety of community
service projects for athletes, as well as coaches’ retreats, sportsmanship
conferences and special events designed to connect the school with the community
that it serves.
The move from high school athletics to Division III is a step not unheard of at
Earlham, notes Avis Stewart, vice president for community relations and the convener
of the Director of Athletics search committee. “Our most well-known former coach is
Del Harris,” Stewart says. “ Del came to Earlham as men’s basketball coach from high
school athletics and subsequently became an acclaimed NBA coach. During his tenure
at Earlham he also served as Director of Athletics.”
“I am really happy to hear that Earlham has stayed within the state to select a
leader for the athletics program,” says Harris in an e-mail to Stewart. “And I’m
particularly happy that [Earlham has] selected someone with successful high school
experience. New Castle has an extensive program in both boys and girls sports that
translates directly to the NCAA Division II and III college men’s and women’s
“Obviously, the high schools are where the student-athletes are to be found.
Everyone in the smaller colleges, from professors to administrators of all programs,
needs to be recruiters in order to get top students. This is especially true in th e
athletics realm,” says Harris.
“I’m excited about Mike’s arrival I believe we are beginning a new era in Earlham
athletics,” says Vince Punzo, who is the Earlham Faculty Athletic Representative and
convener of the College’s Athletic Committee. “There is an air of excitement and
expectancy on campus. There are many good things to come as a result of this hire.”
Earlham competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) along with
Anderson University , Bluffton University , Defiance College , Franklin College,
Hanover College, Manchester College , College of Mount St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology and Transylvania University .
Earlham offers varsity programs in 16 sports — eight for women and eight for men.
Women’s sports are basketball, cross country, field hockey, indoor track, outdoor
track, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball,
cross country, football, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer and tennis. Earlham’s
field hockey team competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Bergum comes to Earlham with deep ties in the community. His wife, Sherri, is a
Richmond High School graduate. Her parents, Carol and Al Dillon, still reside in the
area. Al Dillon currently serves on the Wayne County Council, representing District
1. The Bergums are parents of 8-year-old twins.
Bergum replaces Frank Carr, who has joined the College’s Office of Institutional
Advancement as a Gifts Officer.