COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - After 21 years at the Cooperstown Central School District, Director of Extra-Curricular Advisement and Athletics, David Bertram, is moving on.
The long-time staple of Hawkeyes athletics announced that he has accepted the role of Athletic Director at Mohonasen Central School District in Rotterdam, within the Capital Region.
"It's exciting," Bertram said via Zoom video chat with NEWSChannel 2, Tuesday. "I think I always wanted to be challenged. That's the case through your athletic career and as a coach, you're always challenging individuals and also looking at yourself, evaluating yourself and where you want to be.
"Moving from a [Class] C school to a [Class] A school is definitely going to be a challenge with more kids participating, it's going to be fun."
Bertram assumed the role of Athletic Director at Cooperstown in 2018 following 16 seasons as the head coach of the Hawkeyes' boys varsity basketball team and 18 years as the head varsity tennis coach.
In basketball, Bertram compiled a career record of 256-87 at Cooperstown with seven league titles, five section titles and two state final appearances. He was named league Coach of the Year six times, Section III Class C Coach of the year twice, and was a Basketball Coaches Association of New York Coach of the Year selection in the 2015-16 season.
As the tennis coach, Bertram's Hawkeyes were nearly unstoppable. From 2001-2018, he compiled a 240-15 record with 15 league tournament titles, 14 league season titles and eight Section III titles.
Bertram said that his time at Cooperstown has given him a lot of lifelong memories, both good times and bad times, that have become teaching moments as he's progressed as a coach and administrator.
"I have a lot of connections to Cooperstown with 21 years here," he said. "Having great success with those [basketball and tennis] programs and watching them continue to flourish has been a dream come true, so it makes you proud."
In Mohonasen, he saw an opportunity to tackle something bigger. With his son, Tyler, recently transfering to Binghamton University to continue his Division I collegiate basketball career, and his daughter, Josephine, emtering her senior year at Cooperstown, Bertram said it was the right time to try something new.
"When the Mohonasen job came up I really investigated the school," he said. "It really emulated Cooperstown. They do a lot of community service work, they respect their athletics, but also they hold their academic standard very high and that's why our kids are there first, for the academic reasons.
"Then their facilities are beautiful. They're putting in a lot of money, they have a turf football field with lights and the baseball fields have been all refurbished, so we are excited."
Bertram said that with his daughter still finishing high school and his son back closer to home, his family has no plans to relocate in the immediate future. He said he will make the 58-mile commute to the school each day.
He also hasn't thought about a potential return to coaching, saying that he wants to dedicate himself 100% to his Athletic Director duties.
Bertram is tentatively slated to start his new position at Mohonasen on July 23.