Julia Bernesser

Education: Graduate from Shaler Area High School in 2016. Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Psychology/minor in Gender & Women Studies, from Washington & Jefferson College 2020. Currently attending The University of Pittsburgh for my Masters degree in social work, projected graduation date of August of 2024. 

Experience: 4 year starter for Shaler High School 2012-2016, captain my senior year. 4 year starter for Washington & Jefferson College 2016-2020, captain my senior year. I have played positions of middle, right side, and outside. While at W&J I was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and SAAC President my senior year. The 2024 season will be my fourth season coaching for Pitt United. I have coached the 14s and 16s age groups. I am a former player of Pitt United, playing here my junior and senior year of high school. This club is so special to me and I’m honored to be one of the coaches! 

Bio: Since graduating from W&J in 2020 I have been working for Children, Youth, & Families as a family caseworker. Outside of coaching and working, I love to spend time with my 2 year old Silver Labrador Lincoln, attend county concerts, and support my three younger siblings on the football field and basketball/volleyball court. I am also a huge mental health advocate & like to incorporate as much as possible in the club! 

Favorite Volleyball Memory: Junior year of high school Shaler and Seneca Valley were tied for first in the WPIAL. We played them at home for first place. We were down 0-2, going into the third set & we came back to win in 5. The student section stormed the court and our gym was packed full of Shaler fans.