Michael Bertsch came to Notre Dame in September 2006 as an assistant media relations director. He was named Director of Football Media Relations in 2013.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Bertsch spent three years (2003-06) at Wake Forest University, where he worked with numerous sports. He served as the primary contact for the Demon Deacons’ nationally-ranked men’s soccer and baseball teams, and served in a secondary role with the football and men’s basketball programs. In addition, he served as chief editor of Kickoff, the official game day program for Wake Forest football and the Wake Forest men’s basketball yearbook. The 2005-06 edition of the men’s basketball yearbook finished third in the country in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) publications contest.
Bertsch also spent two years (2001-03) as assistant media relations director at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he was the primary contact for the Spartans’ women’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball teams, and assisted with the publication of the athletic department newsletter, Spartan Sports. He also served as the media coordinator for the 2002 Southern Conference women’s soccer tournament.
Bertsch graduated from Walsh University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and he was a four-year member of the Cavaliers’ men’s soccer team. He also received his master’s degree in health and physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Marshall University in May 2001.
While at Marshall, Bertsch served a two-year stint (1999-2001) in the school’s media relations department, first as a graduate assistant and then as assistant media relations director. He was the primary media contact for the Thundering Herd’s men’s soccer, volleyball and softball teams, and assisted with the 1999 Heisman Trophy campaign for finalist Chad Pennington. He also aided with the production of several documentary films that were produced on the 30th anniversary of the Marshall University DC-9 plane tragedy.
The Akron, Ohio, native has served in numerous media relations capacities at NCAA postseason events, including the 2006 NCAA men’s basketball first- and second-round games in Greensboro, N.C.; the 2004 NCAA men’s basketball first- and second-round contests in Raleigh, N.C., and the 2002 NCAA men’s basketball East Regional in Syracuse, N.Y. He also has been the primary media coordinator for several other events, including the 2003 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Indoor Championship and the 2010 NCAA Midwest Hockey Regional in Fort Wayne, Ind.