Bernie Chase
Bernie Chase
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 508-929-8925
Phone: 508-335-3272

Coach Chase began his journey at Worcester State in 2004 when he was an assistant coach. Just one year later in 2005, Chase was elevated to head coach and has now amassed over 200 career coaching wins.

During his tenure at Worcester State, he has tutored two MASCAC Players of the Year, three who have been named conference Rookie of the Year, and several First-team and Second-team MASCAC All-Stars. Several have also been distinguished with New England Women's Volleyball Association honorable mention certificates.

In 14 out of the 15 years that Coach Chase has been at Worcester State, the Lancers have qualified for the league tournament in each season with championship game appearances in 2004, 2011 and 2014, and 2017.

This past season, Chase was chosen as the Champion’s Choice Coach of the Year for leading his team to the MASCAC regular season title with an undefeated 7-0 league record and a second-highest win total of 26. He then helped his team win its first-ever MASCAC tournament championship. The Lancers earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament and headed to Atlanta to take on No. 7 Emory in the tournament.

During the 2014 season, the Lancers compiled a 24-10 overall mark and won their first ECAC Tournament contest since 1984. Worcester State has also earned berths to the ECAC Division III New England Women's Volleyball Tournament in 2008 and 2010.

Coach Chase has been involved with volleyball for more than 20 years as he was the assistant coach at Becker College for three years prior to being at Worcester State. In 2017-18 Coach Chase coached a 16U Dragons Volleyball club team. In six tournaments, the team won two gold medals and one silver medal. Coach Chase also runs a co-ed volleyball league in the Central Massachusetts area and actively participates in several leagues both as a player and league coordinator.

Coach Chase has coached several different Bay State Games teams.

He helped guide the Central Massachusetts Boys Team to the gold medal in 2012, the silver medal in 2009 and 2011 and the bronze medal and sportsmanship award in 2008. All medals are the highest accolade that a Boys high school level team from Central Massachusetts has ever won going back through the 29 year history of the games.

Coach Chase also piloted the Women's Open team to a Bay State game silver medal in 2003 and the gold in 2002.

Coach Chase is a graduate of the University of Lowell with a BS degree in Computer Science.  He is a retired Senior Software Engineer at a local company.