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Bulldog standout Joe Bernardi joins Immanuel Schools as athletic director

One week after bringing in Josh Henderson to lead the football team, Immanuel Schools has found its man to oversee the athletics department. 

The Reedley-based private Christian School announced that Joe Bernardi has been hired as the athletic director. 

It’s a return to the Central Valley for Bernardi, who played as an offensive lineman for Fresno State Football from 2006-2010. 

“We are excited to add Joe to our Athletic Department team,” said Ryan Wood, Immanuel Schools Superintendent, in a statement. 

“He is a man of God who brings character, integrity, and a passion for leading our student-athletes.” 

In addition to making 32 starts as a Bulldog, Bernardi served as the tight ends coach in 2016 for Fresno State. 

Following his playing days and before he returned to Fresno as a coach, Bernardi held coaching spots at Tennessee and Oregon. 

His most recent coaching position was with San Jose State from 2017-2019 as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.