Tom Bernhardt (’93) – Baseball
In 1993, Tom Bernhardt led Dade County in hitting with a .515 batting average and 10 home runs.
An outfielder, Tom was named first team All-Dade County and first-team all-state after helping Columbus to the district championship. He was selected as the Player of the Year in Dade County by the Miami Herald.
He was also a starter on the Columbus team that won the district championship his junior year.
Tom was drafted by the New York Yankees after his senior season but chose instead to accept a baseball scholarship to LSU where he played for legendary coach Skip Bertman.
Tom was a 4-year letter winner at LSU. During those 4 years the Tigers won 2 National championships.
In his senior season at LSU – a year they won the national title – Tom was named to the World Series all–tournament team.
In his last college at bat, Tom hit a home run in the national title game against Alabama.
After LSU, Tom was drafted and signed by the Chicago Cubs.
He received a degree in general studies from LSU and today lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Mary Elizabeth and their two daughters.