2017 was Chris Bergman's third year as the head coach of VMI women's soccer. The Keydets' were the fifth seed in the SoCon Championship tournament, equaling their second highest postseason seed ever, and finished at .500 in conference play for the first time since 2009. By finishing fifth in the league, the Keydets also avoided having to play a game in the tournament's first round, the first time that had been the case since VMI joined the SoCon prior to the 2014 season.
Statistically, the Keydets continued their defensive improvement under Bergmann, lowering their goals against average for the third consecutive year. Goalkeeper Ceci Keppeler finished third in Division 1 in total saves (127) and 11th in saves per game to help spark that effort.
In 2016, Bergmann's team advanced out of the first round of the conference tournament for the second straight season, marking only the second time in program history that had happened, and won a home postseason game for the first time in school history. In addition, the team set a new school record for shutouts - with goalkeeper Keppeler setting a new individual record in that statistic - and won the second-most games in program annals (8). The team's four conference wins were the third-most in program history as well.
Bergmann's first season was also a strong one, as his proteges won the program's most games since 2009 and also advanced out of the first round of the conference tournament for the first time since that same season. The squad also lowered its goals allowed mark by 21 and goalkeeper Darien Dunham finished in the top-10 in Division I in total saves.
Bergmann was named the third head coach in VMI women's soccer history on Dec. 12, 2014.
He came to VMI after six years as the head coach at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. There, he coached the school's men's team to back to back conference championships in 2012 and 2013 and earned Midwest Conference Coach of the Year honors both years. After the second of those championships, he took his team to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 1981.
Bergmann coached eight NSCAA North All-Region players at Lake Forest including Mahir Mameledzija, three-time conference player of the year and the 2012-13 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American of the Year.
Also at Lake Forest, Bergmann served as the Athletic Department Liaison to the Career Advancement Center, where he created The Forester Game Plan, a personalized mentoring program for the student-athletes at Lake Forest College.
Prior to working at Lake Forest, Bergmann was an assistant coach for the women's program at Northwestern University for the 2008 season, where he helped the team to a quarterfinal berth in the Big 10 Tournament.
Bergmann spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons in Deerfield, Ill., working as the head men's coach at Trinity International University. There, he was responsible for all facets of the program and saw his team get votes in both the 2006 and 2007 NSCAA and NAIA national polls, reaching as high as 23rd overall in the '06 campaign. He also served as the Athletic Advancement Liaison at Trinity, where he was responsible for meeting with the school's advancement team to develop various fundraising concept to enhance athletic programs.
Bergmann got his start in the college ranks at Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif., where he served as men's coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
He was the 2005 NCCAA West Region Coach of the Year, as he guided his team to a seven-win improvement and a fourth-place finish at the national tournament. His squad finished that season ranked ninth in the country at the NCCAA level, all while Bergmann served as an Assistant AD and an adjunct professor in the kinesiology department.
Prior to college coaching, Bergmann spent several years with the United Soccer League's Chicago Eagles Select Premier Development League (PDL) team, serving as the general manager, and was also involved with the Southern California Seahorses PDL team. He also spent time as the Director of Coaching for the Lincolnshire Lightning Soccer Club, where he was responsible for all facets of the day to day operations for the U8-U18 travel team. He has also served in the club ranks for Pegasus, Lindenhurst Soccer Club, the Chicago Eagles club team, Kopion F.C. and the SURF Soccer Club, along with the Southern California Development Program.
Away from the field, Bergmann and his wife Kelly founded AIM Academic Mentoring Services, an academic support service focusing primarily on middle and high school-aged students. The couple has two children, Aidan and Mackenzie.