Robert C. Bernius
Hometown: Floral Park, NY
Team: Soccer

Robert C. Bernius '68
Floral Park, NY
Year Inducted:

Robert C. Bernius ’68, goalie on perhaps the two best soccer teams in Brown’s history, has the distinction of never losing a regular-season game. He gave evidence of things to come by leading the Cubs to a 9-0-1 record in 1964, a year in which he allowed only four goals in 10 games and posted six shutouts. He didn’t start as a sophomore, except in the 11-0 rout of URI. But in the NCAA playoff game against Ithaca College at Aldrich-Dexter Field the gangling sophomore came in early when starter Dave Chichester was hurt and won the game, 2-1. In his junior year, the 6-4, 185-pound Bernius won the starting job from the team captain after the first game, a loss. The Bears went on to win 11 straight, end the year 11-1, and win their fourth successive Ivy and New England titles. In those 11 games, Bernius allowed only seven goals as Brown outscored the opposition, 49-8. He had six shutouts in the final seven games and blanked a fine Army team 2-0, the first shutout against the Cadets in six years. After an 11-1 season, what do you do for an encore? Well, Brown had an even better season 1968, maybe the best ever. The record that season was 13-0-1, and Co-Captain Bernius and Pat Migliore picked up Coach Stevenson in celebration, but dropped him. “That,” someone said, “is the only thing Bernius dropped all season.” The record would bear it out: in ten starts he allowed only five goals and had six more shutouts. His four-year record shows 19 shutouts in 33 starts and only 17 goals allowed. “Bob could do it all as a goalie,” Coach Stevenson says. “He also had cat-like quickness, agility, and a keen sense for how the game should be played.” Bob Bernius also had a keen sense in the classroom, sporting a 3.9 average in engineering and becoming a Rhodes Scholar candidate. A Yale Law School graduate, Bernius is an associate with the Rochester (N.Y.) law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle and recently tried a case before the United States Supreme Court.