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The Championship Team
Our Founder, President, and CEO
Bill came to Ames, Iowa and Iowa State University as head cross country and assistant track coach in 1971 and became head track coach in 1976. Bergan's teams won 10 Big Eight Cross Country team titles and claimed the 1989 and 1994 NCAA Cross Country National Championships. Bergan's ISU track teams captured 15 conference titles, including 10 of the last 15 Big Eight outdoor track crowns. Iowa State was second at the 1990 and 1991 NCAA meets and third in 1993.
The list of athletes who excelled under Bergan include 16 Olympians from six different nations. Bergan's student-athletes achieved All-America honors 110 times and captured 163 Big Eight Conference individual titles. Honored as both an NCAA cross country and track and field coach of the year, he earned district coach-of-the-year honors 19 times. Bergan is a member of the ISU Cardinal Key organization, recognizing outstanding leadership, character, scholarship and service to ISU. The Drake Relays Hall of Fame member was named to the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984, the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame (for his athletic accomplishments) in 1997, the ISU Hall of Fame in 2001 and the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame in 2006.
In November 2012, Iowa State University will unveil a life-sized statue of Bill to honor the accomplishments of Bergan-coached teams over his tenure as head track and cross country coach at the new Iowa State University Track and Field Facilities.
Championship Productions, the leading producer of coaching and athlete instructional videos and DVDs in the world, was founded by Bergan in 1976. In 2007, Bill Bergan was awarded the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award (Ames Chamber of Commerce) for the consistent success and growing employment opportunities the company has brought to Ames and Central Iowa region.
For several years, Bill was the volunteer Track & Field director for the Iowa Special Olympics and also volunteered his time to be the Track & Field Director for the first-ever National Special Olympics Games in the summer of 2006.
Bergan resides in Ames with his wife Karen. They raised four children and now have ten grandchildren; Bill and Karen are also known as the "parents" of Marc Kitchen, a long-time Bergan family friend and former Special Olympian. With Marc Kitchen, Bill & Karen Bergan were named the 'Outstanding Family of the Year' at the 2001 Iowa Special Olympics.
(2010) Building Maintenance Manager
Participated in high school track and little league baseball; has 6 years of US Army's APFT training program.
The more you do, the more you get.
(2001) Graphic Design Manager and Wrestling Education Specialist
Participated in high school & collegiate wrestling (Buena Vista College);
Iowa Newspaper Association Award 2nd place (for layout & design);
Coached 5+ years youth basketball, football and wrestling.
Don't look back, something might be gaining on you.
- Satchel Paige
(1997) Vice President, Business Development & Tennis Coaching Education Specialist
Participated in high school basketball (in Indiana) and cross country; National Travel & Mail Order Advertising Sales Director for Yankee Magazine ('04 '07) and editor/publisher of The Ames Bulletin Board ('02 '09). Part of the group that resurrected the City of Ames 4th of July Parade (now 10+years strong). 2009 'Doug Brown Media Award' recipient; Completed a marathon (3:42). St. Cecilia School Honorary Alumnus Award (2012); in 2012, co-authored a book with daughter (Lucy), "Who Stole Franklin Stripington?"
Coaching youth soccer and has coached youth basketball for several years.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image... lest we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
- Thomas Merton
(1998) Technology Director
High school participant in track & field and cross country (2x State champions, All-conference); in 1992, ran across the State of Iowa (330+ miles) to raise money and awareness for Type I diabetes.
Collegiate participant in track & field and cross country (University of St. Thomas).
(2015) Duplication Manager
Participated in high school cross country and track, participated in military base track program and has participated in road races for 16 years. Was 'Cy' (mascot) for ISU Spirit Squad while attending Iowa State University.
If everybody is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking General George S. Patton
(2013) Graphic Designer
High school tennis and cross country
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
- William Arthur Ward
High school basketball and football player
Waiting is just an excuse to do nothing.
- John Denison
(2013) New Production Coordinator
High school participant in cross country, basketball and golf; 3x State qualifier in golf, 2x 2nd team All state in golf.
It ain't about how hard you hit... it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward... - Rocky Balboa
(2001) Coaching Education Director (Swimming, Volleyball, Track & Field, Hockey, Wrestling, Bowling, Strength & Conditioning)
High school & Collegiate swimmer (Bemidji State University, All-American 3x), 30+ years as a masters swimmer,
12 years High School Swim Coach (Winona High School, MN), 12 years Collegiate Swim Coach (Iowa State University).
Authored two Championship Productions' swimming DVDs; Teaching the Forward Start: The Coach's Guide and The Swim: Technique and Training for Triathletes - An "Outside-In" Approach to Freestyle
You move towards the pictures you paint in your mind.
- Robert Singer
(2013) Clinic Operations Manager
You never know how strong you can be until being strong is your only option.
(2010) Customer Service/Wholesale Service
Always have an open mind and a positive attitude.
(2005) Accounting/Human Resource Manager
On sports participation: "Growing up with 11 siblings, we had our own team via family and neighbors and were in constant motion on the farm playing softball, football, etc. on the lawn and basketball by the garage! No awards ceremonies were ever held--only gloating:) Now I enjoy watching kids on the sidelines!"
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing
(1993) Product Development Director
High school participant in football (All-conference), baseball (All-conference, team MVP), basketball, track & field;
Worked in Los Angeles (film industry) prior to returning to Ames to work with Championship; while living in California, worked on the set of "Field of Dreams" (in Iowa).
(2004) Operations Director
High school participant in baseball, basketball, track;
Collegiate participant in baseball (Central College).
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth
(2012) Administrative Assistant. & Coaching Education Director (Cheerleading)
High school participant in cheerleading (Cheered for football, basketball, & wrestling; State Competition Squad -- Placed 4th and 6th at 4A State Competition, 3x Squad Captain, All-American Nominee)
Cheerleading Coach (Basketball/Wrestling cheer coach at Ames HS for 4 years, Coached Youth Cheer for 3 years prior, Judge of high school tryouts across central Iowa)
Authored one Championship Productions' Cheerleading DVD; 'Cheer to Pin! 25 Cheers for Wrestling Cheerleaders'
You can't fail if you don't give up.
(2001) Coaching Education Director (Basketball, Football, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer)
High school participant in football (1st team All-state, 2x State champions), baseball, basketball, track;
Collegiate participant in football (Central College) was All-conference, 4x Conference Champions, 4x NCAA tournament,
Coached high school and college basketball for 10 years (Drake University, Florida State University)
(2014) Customer Service Representative
High school participant in basketball and softball
Customer Service Awards at Weststar Bank and Safeway
(2006) Championship Clinics Manager
Participated in youth soccer & football and high school bowling; Coached youth baseball for 3 years.
If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention.
- Quote from 'Sister Mary Clarence' in "Sister Act II"
(2014) Accounting/Office Assistant
High school participant in volleyball, basketball, swimming, softball, track & field
All conference Volleyball (2 years); "Best Blocker/Hitter" award at Olympic Development Camp
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
- Winston Churchill
(2012) Championship Clinics & Wholesale Sales Director
High school participant in football and wrestling; Captain of team and state qualifier. Coached football as an assistant in Prescott, AZ. Initiated several road races, triathlons & events throughout the Midwest. Grandfather was a member of the 1936 Olympic Wrestling team in Berlin.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. - Teddy Roosevelt