Charles A. Bernier came to H-SC from New Hampshire, thus earning his affectionate nickname "Yank." He entered school in 1910, the same year as W. S. Hundley, for whom the football stadium is named. In addition to playing quarterback on the football team, he pitched for the baseball team in the spring.
After his graduation, he served as head football coach for 21 years, the second longest tenure of a Tiger coach. In addition to football, he coached basketball and baseball. In 22 years as basketball coach, he recorded 148 victories. Bernier also has the distinction of being the first athletic director in the school’s history. Hampden-Sydney’s baseball field is known as Yank Bernier Field.