The current color analyst for the Minnesota Vikings radio network has gotten himself a bit of a side gig.
Last week. . .sorry for being slow on the uptake on this. . .it was announced that Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Minnesota had hired former Vikings linebacker Pete Bercich as their new head football coach.
Bercich was originally drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He played his entire NFL career with Minnesota, with his final season coming in 2000. He then served as the team's linebackers coach under Mike Tice from 2002 to 2005. Since 2007, he's been in the booth for the Vikings Radio Network next to Paul Allen calling Vikings' games.
Strangely, Bercich isn't the first ex-Viking to take the job at Hill-Murray. Brooks Bollinger, who was a quarterback with the Vikings in 2006 and 2007, was hired by Hill-Murray in 2011, and took them to the state football tournament in 2012. Following that season, he left to take a job at the University of Pittsburgh. He's now the head coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, the high school that produced current Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer.
Bercich has said that his new job at Hill-Murray would not prevent him from continuing to work with the Vikings Radio Network.
Congratulations to Pete Bercich on once again getting back into the coaching ranks.