University of Dubuque


Athletic Administration

Dan Runkle Dan Runkle
Biography - Click Here

Dan Runkle joined the University of Dubuque as Director of Athletics in August of 2002. Runkle came to the University of Dubuque after 21 years (1981-2001) as head football coach and assistant professor at Division II Minnesota State University, Mankato. Runkle is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Illinois College, Minnesota State University, Mankato and the North Central Conference (NCC).

While at MSU-Mankato Runkle won two North Central Conference championships (1987,1993), made three NCAA Division II playoff appearances (1987,1991,1993), and was named North Central Conference Coach of the Year (1987). His 108 career wins are the most by any MSU-Mankato Football coach and the 14 highest total in Division II history. In addition, Runkle was named Football Gazette Division II National Coach of the Year in 1991. During his tenure 44 players were named First Team All-NCC with 30 All-Americans and two Harlon Hill finalists. In the classroom, Runkle worked heavily with his student-athletes to help them achieve a team GPA of 3.0 and a graduation rate of 93%.

A 1968 graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. Runkle would earn a combined 10 athletic letters in baseball, basketball, and football en route to being named to IC’s Hall of Fame in 1993. Following graduation, Runkle earned his masters in education with an emphasis in Sports Administration from Western Illinois University while serving as a graduate assistant football coach. Runkle has also made stops at several Division I institutions including: University of Utah, University of South Dakota, Northern Arizona University, and University of Minnesota.

Runkle and his wife Debra reside in Dubuque. He has two children, Tad and Sara and two grandkids.

Director of Athletics
(563) 589-3599
311 Stoltz Sports Center
Debra R. Runkle Debra R. Runkle
Biography - Click Here

Head Athletic Trainer, Medical Coordinator, Athletic Facilities Director, Assistant Athletic Director/SWA

Debra R. Runkle, MA, ATC/L

BS, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 1979
Major: Physical Education Minor: Athletic Training & Coaching 

MA, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 1984
Thesis: "The Effects of Full Hip-Flexion and 45-Degree Straight Leg Raising Exercises on Retropatellar Pain." 

Debra earned her bachelor of science in physical education from South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD), and her master of arts in physical education from Mankato State University (Mankato, MN) with an emphasis on sports medicine.

A certified athletic trainer since 1979, she has traveled internationally as a member of the United States Olympic Training Center (USOC).As a medical staff member for the USOC she has traveled with Team USA to the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, Australia, 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow, Russia, and the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she served as athletic trainer with the USA Wheelchair Team and Cerebral Palsy Teams. In 1982 she received the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Outstanding Research and Injury Award.

Previously, she was an Assistant Professor and Athletic Trainer at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She taught various classes with the Human Performance Department and in the nationally known accredited Athletic Training program for 17 years. Prior to MSU, M she was employed as instructor and athletic trainer at Chadron State College, and was a teacher, coach and athletic trainer in the Dell Rapids School District, in Dell Rapids, South Dakota for 3 years after graduating from SDSU.

Deb is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Wheelchair Sports USA, College Athletic Trainers Society, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER).She is co-author of the college textbook Athletic Protective Equipment Care, Selection and Fitting and has published articles on eating disorders and athletic training topics. In 2002 & 2003, she was a finalist for the National Athletic Trainers Association Gail Weldon Woman Athletic Trainer Award. She is presently a member of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

Associate Athletic Director; University Medical Coordinator; Head Athletic Trainer
(563) 589-3244
305 Stoltz Sports Center
Jason Berna Jason Berna
Biography - Click Here

Jason Berna joined the University of Dubuque in 2001. He started the men's and women's soccer programs in 2001 and was both the Men's and Women's Head Soccer coach for eight season before stepping down as the Men's Coach in 2008 to focus all his energy on the women's program. He led the women's team to ten straight conference tournament appearances and 11 out of 13 for the programs history. He led the men's team to two straight playoff appearances with his last year ending in the IIAC Championship semi-finals. He was named IIAC Women's Coach of the year in 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2013.

As the Women's Coach, he has coached: 42 All-Iowa Conference athletes (22-First Team/20-Second Team), 5 All-Region performers, 2 Conference MVP and 52 Academic All-Conference student-athletes. He has always pushed his teams to not only do well on the field but in the class room. The women's program has received team academic awards from the NSCAA in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for having above a 3.0 team GPA.

Berna graduated from Loras College where he played four years, was a three-time All-Iowa Conference selection, and three-year captain. He also trained and played in 1999 with the Des Menace PDL team for one summer before tearing his ACL for the second time. He was an assistant coach with his alma mater for one season with the men's and women's soccer programs before joining UD. Berna also serves as the Dubuque Soccer Club administrator and as an Iowa Olympic Development State Staff coach for the past five years.

Berna holds the highest coaching license offered by the United States Soccer Fedration, an "A" License as well as his NSCAA Goal Keeping License. He is also a state license instructor teaching the USSF "D" course on campus so students can obtain their beginning coaching license while attending UD.

Berna received a master's degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration and an undergraduate degree in sports science from Loras College in 2001 and 1999. He and his wife Nicole reside in Dubuque with their children.

Women's Soccer Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque 
 Year Overall  IIAC     
 2001 4-12-1 2-7-0  8th Place   
 2002 10-8-1 4-4-1  6th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier 
 2003 8-10-0 3-5-0  4th Place   
 2004 10-9-1 3-4-1  5th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier 
 2005 12-6-2 5-2-1  3rd Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2006 9-10-0 3-5-0  4th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2007 13-5-2 4-3-1  4th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2008 9-8-3 4-3-1  5th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2009 15-6-1 6-2-0  2nd Place  *IIAC Tournament Champions; NCAA Tournament Qualifier 
 2010 11-8-2 6-2-0  3rd Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2011 9-8-1 4-3-1 5th Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
 2012 11-7-2 4-2-1  3rd Place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier  
2013 16-5-0 5-2-0 2nd Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
  Total    137-102-16     53-44-7      Only Coach in UD Women's Soccer History
Assistant Athletic Director; Head Women's Soccer Coach
(563) 589-3786
216 Mercer-Birmingham
Terry Dunn, Jr. Terry Dunn, Jr.
Assistant Athletic Director; Event Manager for Sports
(563) 589-3275
402 McCormick Gym
Paul Misner Paul Misner
Director of Sports Information
(563) 589-3168
210 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Karla Weber Karla Weber
Administrative Assistant;Finance Officer
(563) 589-3227
310 Stoltz Sports Center