Bernie Masterson was the long-time athletics director at Concordia, and served the school in that capacity for 38 years, 22 of which were spent the ACAC when Concordia joined in 1992. When Bernie first became the Athletics Director, he was tasked with building the department from the ground up. Concordia is a small school that has had incredible athletics results under Bernie's direction. In describing Bernie, Concordia President Gerald Krispin says "Bernie's leadership, choice of coaches, and ability to forge positive working relationships with the athletics associations in the province all contributed to Concordia's being a preferred destination for students who wanted to excel and succeed in athletics."
Bernie has held numerous committee positions within the ACAC during his tenure as the Concordia Thunder Athletics Director. In 1997, he was elected to the Executive Committee as Vice President for 1 year before taking over as ACAC President from 1998-2002, and becoming Past President for 2003. His love of golf led him to become the conference Golf Convenor from 2000-02, and later returned to this role in 2005 which he fulfilled each year until his retirement in 2013. In addition to these positions, he also served as the ACAC Badminton Convenor (2006-09), Program Committee Chair and Member (2004-09), and Non-Court Sports Committee Member (2009-13). As a long serving member of various ACAC committees and roles, Bernie has been a valuable resource to other Athletics Directors across the conference and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Bernie retired in July 2013 after 38 years of overseeing the Concordia Athletics department.