Coach Semler has been playing and coaching basketball for over 50 years. Bernie played high school basketball at Boonsboro High School in the 1960's.
Following graduation from high school, he made a career in the United States Air Force, serving for 22 years. While on active duty, Bernie played on the Wright Patterson AFB basketball team for several years, and was selected to two All Tournament Logistics Command teams that participated in two Air Force World-Wide tournaments.
Bernie's coaching career also began while on active duty, as the head coach of the Hanscom Air Force Base team. During his last ten years of active service, he also coached several military youth league and squadron basketball programs.
In 1990, Bernie began coaching at the high school level, and in 1994 was selected to head the Boonsboro High School varsity girls program.
In 2005, he began his coaching stint at Hagerstown Community College, as an assistant coach under Dr. Marlys Palmer, and from 2012-2016 under Coach Vicky Bullett. At Hagerstown Community College, Bernie has assisted in coaching the program to a 216 - 109 record and two Maryland JuCo conference championships, one NJCAA Division II championship and one appearance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship.
Bernie is a 1990 graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Sport Science and Computer Science. Bernie lives in Hagerstown and is married to Elaine, they have four children.