Head coach Dylan Sheridan announced the addition of Ted Bergman as volunteer assistant coach in the fall of 2018.
Bergman, a standout goaltender at Division III powerhouse Wesleyan University, brought significant experience playing and coaching overseas.
Bergman spent the past five summers living in Israel where he helped develop and coach lacrosse at the grassroots level. He was an assistant coach for Uganda at the 2018 World Championships this past summer and served as the head coach for the inaugural Slovenian national team at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships in Hungary.
"Ted brings a fresh set of eyes and unique perspective that is going to help us," Sheridan said at the time of his hiring. "We have a tremendously talented group of young goalies, and Ted's methodology will take their game to the next level. Ted's positive energy is already making an impact on the program, and I couldn't be happier he chose to join us in Cleveland."
Bergman was named National Goalie of the Year in 2017, earning the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. honor from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He was the first Wesleyan player to be named a First Team All-American as a goalie as he led the team to its first NCAA Final Four appearance in a decade. Bergman led the Cardinals on a program-record 20-game winning streak in his final season, which helped break school records for wins and conference wins. Wesleyan won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament title for just the second time in school history as Bergman led the league with a 9.45 goals against mark while posting a .550 save percentage. Wesleyan held 15 of its 22 opponents to a single-digit goal total.
Bergman had helped Wesleyan to 10 wins in his junior season and earned All-NESCAC honors for the first of two successive campaigns.
Bergman was a team captain at Wesleyan and also earned All-Academic honors from the NESCAC on three occasions. He played in 48 collegiate games, spending over 2,200 minutes in the cage.
Bergman also spent two seasons playing in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League. He earned league MVP honors and was a two-time All-IPLL First Team selection. Following his playing days, Bergman served as the Commissioner of the league, which featured players from seven different countries.
A native of Meida, Pa., Bergman earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wesleyan in 2017. He proceeded to earn a Master of Arts in Public Policy in conflict resolution and mediation from Tel Aviv University in 2018.