David Berdan, a two-time winner of the Baltimore Marathon, returns for his fifth season as the head cross country coach at Stevenson in 2018. He also assists with the track and field program.
Last season (2017), the Stevenson men placed second at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship, the program's highest-ever finish, and followed that up with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Two runners, Langston Gash and Patrick Watson, became the first Mustangs to qualify for the NCAA national meet. On the women's side, junior Kelly Winklbauer finished fifth overall as the Mustangs placed seventh.
In Berdan's first season, 2014, he pioneered the Mustangs first-ever home meet, hosting three teams in the Mustang Twilight Tune-Up on the Greenspring campus.
Berdan comes to Stevenson from Garrison Forest School where he had served as the head varsity coach since 2010 and led the Grizzly to back-to-back IAAM C Conference championships in 2012 and 2013, the first in school history.
From 2007-09, Berdan was an assistant coach for both the cross country and track and field teams at Johns Hopkins. While there, the Blue Jay women won the Centennial Conference and NCAA Mid-East Region championships in 2008. The women qualified for the Division III Cross Country Championships in 2007 and 2008, finishing as high as 13th in 2008.
While at Hopkins, Berdan helped mentor 16 all-conference and 13 all-region selections, including Patrick Brandon who qualified for nationals as an individual in 2007.
Under Berdan, Brandon also qualified for the 2008 ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships and 2008 ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships where he finished second in the 5,000 meters. Brandon was also named all-conference in the 10,000 meters while Steve Tobochnik placed third in the 5,000 and broke the freshman record in the event at 15:16.
A 2004 graduate of Elizabethtown, Berdan spent the 2003 season as a volunteer assistant for the Blue Jays where he helped lead the men to the Middle Atlantic Conference championship and a third-place finish at the NCAA Mid-East Region Championships. The team boasted five all-conference and four all-region performers as well as one national qualifier in Steve Sanko.
Also that year, the Elizabethtown women finished third at the conference meet and eight at regionals while garnering three all-conference and two all-region runners. Melissa St. Clair was also named All-American after finishing 34th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
Individually, Berdan was a four-time all-conference selection for the Blue Jays in cross country and was a member of four consecutive conference championships. He qualified for nationals all four years and was a three-time all-region performer. In 2001, Berdan won the conference championship and was named Middle Atlantic Conference Runner of the Year. He was inducted into Elizabethtown's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
In track and field, Berdan currently holds the school records in the 5,000 meters for both indoor and outdoor as well as the outdoor 3,000 and 10,000 meters. He was a five-time national qualifier and a two-time All-American in the 5,000 and 10,000 while earning Mid-East Region Athlete of the Year honors.
A professional distance runner, Berdan is a two-time winner of the Baltimore Marathon in 2013 and 2015.
In December 2015, Berdan was elected to the USTFCCCA Division III Executive Committee for women's cross country.
Berdan and his wife, Amanda, live in Owings Mills with their two boys, Evan and Colin.