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Bernardi resigns as Nicholls Athletic Director

Bernardi resigns as Nicholls Athletic Director

Nicholls State University Athletic Director Robert Bernardi announced last week he is resigning his position.

During his 15-year tenure at Nicholls, Bernardi significantly advanced the Colonel Athletics department by increasing funding, improving facilities, recruiting competitive coaches and boosting graduation rates. He is also credited with bringing the Manning Passing Academy to Thibodaux.

“Since 2001, Rob has brought numerous improvements to the Nicholls athletics department – from the construction and renovation of facilities to the increase in fan support and ticket sales to a renewed focus on the academic achievements of student-athletes,” said Nicholls President Bruce Murphy. “I am deeply appreciative for all of Rob’s contributions to Nicholls and wish him the best in this next phase of his career."

In addition to his leadership at Nicholls, Bernardi actively served on numerous National Collegiate Athletic Association committees. Most recently, he has represented the Southland Conference on the NCAA Division I Council, the 40-member committee serving as the managing body for NCAA Division I. Bernardi was nationally recognized in 2013 as an Under Armour AD of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl/New Orleans Hall of Fame honored him in 2014 for his efforts at Nicholls.

Prior to arriving at Nicholls, Bernardi, a Los Angeles native, worked in various capacities, including associate commissioner, at the Sun Belt Conference for 10 years.

Bernardi’s resignation will be effective Sept. 1. Nicholls will name an interim athletic director in the coming days and will immediately begin a national search to permanently fill the position.