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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Gabe Bernstein has been named operations assistant for the UVa men’s soccer team, head coach George Gelnovatch announced on Thursday (Feb. 10). Bernstein’s responsibilities will include helping oversee the general welfare of the Virginia men’s soccer student-athletes and assisting the coaching staff with all aspects of video editing and analysis.

“I am fortunate to have known Gabe in the recruiting process while he was in high school,” Gelnovatch said. “He was a talented player and a quality student at Penn State. Several years ago, we were fortunate to have Gabe work with our program as an academic coordinator after he graduated from Penn State and pursued several professional soccer opportunities. His understanding of what a student-athlete has to go through both athletically and academically will help our student-athletes deal with the pressures and time constraints of playing at a place like Virginia. In addition, with the soccer background that Gabe has, he will play a vital role in helping implement new video editing technologies and strategies.”

Bernstein is a former academic coordinator on the University of Virginia academic affairs staff and worked with the UVa men’s soccer program from 2008-2009.

He earned his master of education degree in athletic counseling from Springfield College in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree in athletic administration from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004.

Bernstein played college soccer for the Nittany Lions, captaining the team his junior and senior year while also earning academic All-Big Ten honors. Bernstein played two seasons of professional soccer in the United Soccer League for the Charleston Battery and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds from 2004-06.

“I am excited about coming back to the University of Virginia to join the men’s soccer staff,” Bernstein said. “I am looking forward to helping the program continue its tradition of excellence on and off the field.”

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