Head coach Dylan Sheridan announced the promotion of Matthew Bertrams to assistant coach in the fall of 2018. Bertrams had initially joined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach in January 2018.
An Ohio native, Bertrams played in three NCAA Tournaments with the University of Albany and has competed for a trio of teams in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) over the past four seasons. Bertrams signed a two-year contract extension with the Boston Cannons in September 2018.
"Matt was an obvious choice to promote into a full-time role," Sheridan said at the time of his promotion. "Matt truly lives his life by the values all of us work so hard to impress on our young men, and his dedication to the development of our athletes—on and off the field—is unmatched. I'm grateful to have him on board."
Bertrams began his professional career when he joined the Ohio Machine during the middle of the 2015 season. He played the final five games of the 2015 campaign and saw action in the Machine's playoff contest that season. Playing for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Boston Cannons over the past three seasons, Bertrams has posted eight goals and 31 ground balls in 20 games.
Bertrams was an All-America East performer at Albany, earning the honor in 2015 as a short stick defensive midfielder. He served as a team captain in his senior season with the Great Danes, posting 11 goals, four assists and 31 ground balls while playing in all 19 games.
Bertrams helped Albany to a 41-14 record over his final three seasons, as the Great Danes won a trio of America East Tournament titles. Albany used upsets to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals in each of his final two seasons in upstate New York.
Bertrams was named a USILA Scholar All-American after his senior season and had also been featured on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Immediately prior to CSU, Bertrams had been serving as an assistant coach at nearby Saint Ignatius High School. He also was an assistant at his alma mater, William Mason High School, during the 2016 season. Bertrams has also coached with Resolute Lacrosse on the club circuit.
A native of Mason, Ohio, Bertrams earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Albany in finance/management in 2015.