Mount Marty University Announces Andy Bernatow as Athletic Director

YANKTON, S.D.—Andy Bernatow has been named the next athletic director at Mount Marty University (MMU). Bernatow was also the Catholic university’s long-time head baseball coach and interim athletic director for the past year.

Bernatow’s 18-season career led Lancer Athletics to 444 wins. He is the only coach in MMU history to break the 400-win plateau. In 2012, he led the Lancers to a GPAC Conference Tournament Championship and a regular-season GPAC Championship in 2010. The same year, Bernatow was named the 2010 GPAC Coach of the Year after setting a school record with 39 wins and a runner-up finish at the National Opening Round Tournament in Lubbock, Texas, where the Lancers finished the season one game away from the NAIA World Series. Under Bernatow, the Lancers also had two GPAC Conference Tournament runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2009.

Bernatow has coached 221 Academic All-Conference athletes, 117 GPAC All-Conference players, 107 Daktronics Scholar-Athletes and four All-Americans. The Lancer baseball program has been named an NAIA Baseball Scholar Team for 19 consecutive years, the longest-running streak in the nation. Additionally, the Lancers have received the ABCA Academic Excellence Team award for the past three seasons.

As a former MMU baseball player, Bernatow says he’s grateful to live out his dream of coaching the baseball team. While stepping away has been a “difficult decision,” he’s excited to bring vibrancy to Lancer Athletics.

Bernatow concurrently served as Lancer Athletics’ sports information director for 15 years. In his first two years as the head baseball coach, he also worked for the Gayville-Volin School District Activities Director, physical education teacher and coach of several sports from 1999 to 2006.

Josh Teichroew will replace Bernatow as the fifth head coach of the Lancer baseball program.

Teichroew recently finished his sixth year with the baseball program and is an MMU alumnus. As an assistant coach, he coordinated the pitching staff and recruiting. As a former pitcher for the Lancers, Teichroew was named Honorable Mention All-GPAC in 2016 while recording 18 pitching appearances the same year, which was formerly a school record.

In Teichroew’s time as a coach, he’s spent summers coaching for the Yankton Baseball Association. In the summer of 2018, Teichroew was an assistant coach for the Western Nebraska Pioneers in the summer collegiate baseball Expedition League and helped guide the Pioneers to an Expedition League Championship. In 2020, Teichroew led the Macon Bacon to the Coastal Plains League Championship. During the summer of 2021, Teichroew was an assistant coach for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League.

Bernatow said Teichroew’s recruiting efforts brought great players “that fit the mission and understand the core values of Mount Marty” to the Lancer baseball team.

Beau Lofink, a 2019 Mount Marty alumnus, will join Teichroew as an assistant coach. After a year at Northeastern Community College in Sterling, Nebraska, the former Lancer assistant coach will return to the baseball program. Lofink is honored to rejoin the Lancers to coach a “championship-caliber program,” he said.