Harrison Bernstein is a football and strength and conditioning coach with experience at every level of the game. His passion for sports and coaching led him to found Soldiers To Sidelines in 2015. His most recent coaching position was as defensive backs coach at Georgetown University before focusing 100 percent of his time developing our military to be great athletic coaches.
As a football player, Harrison played defensive back at the Johns Hopkins University where he was elected captain, earned All-American honors three times, and won the award for Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in March 2014.
After college, Harrison coached the defense for his high school alma mater, Fair Lawn High School, NJ reaching the playoffs in his first year. During this time, he became a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He also holds a certification in sports nutrition from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. This led to him to become assistant managing director for the Parisi Speed School and then later co-creating the strength and conditioning curriculum at Georgetown University.
In 2007, Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins hired Harrison as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. After leaving the Redskins in 2010, Harrison was hired as the defensive backs coach at Gonzaga College High School, which led to two playoff appearances and a championship appearance. In just four seasons, Harrison coached five players to earn NCAA Division I full scholarships. From Gonzaga, Harrison joined the Bishop O'Connell Football staff as assistant head coach, secondary coach, and special teams coordinator. The following season he followed coach Del Smith to Bridgewater College to coach the safeties. Bernstein then served as the associate head coach, defensive backs coach and director of strength and conditioning at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Since 2010, Harrison has served as USA Football U17 DB coach and defensive coordinator.
He has been contracted to provide movement analysis for Army Special Forces Underwater Operations, volunteered as an assistant in an fMRI study on resilience among military elite, and taught at George Washington University.