David Bertman should be in the UH Hall of Honor


The University of Houston’s Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have “profoundly influenced the university and reached and remained at the pinnacle of their fields for a period of time that demonstrates perseverance and maturation.”

UH does a great job honoring people that deserve to be in the Hall. But it’s time to add another name. And that name is David Bertman.

David became Director of the Spirit of Houston in 2000 and has led the program for nearly a quarter century. He’s a legend among Spirit of Houston members and those in the UH community that he’s impacted. And if you’re in the UH community, you know Bertman.

He is synonymous with the University of Houston. And he’s everywhere: in a tux for a night of fundraising, teaching in the Moores School, tailgating and sharing laughs with friends and former students, mentoring musicians in the Bert F. Winston Band Complex, loudly helping a referee that might have missed a call, or in his Cougar Red blazer, conducting the Spirit of Houston for the alma mater.

He started life as a Sooner but has become one of us.

Dana Pradervand-Sedatole, David Bertman, and Cameron Kubos

David has made his mark at UH and has been recognized for it: he’s the Director of Bands, Cheer and Dance, Associate Professor of Music, and former Associate Dean for Special Initiatives. His UH bio calls him a roving ambassador for the University, and nothing could be more true.

From football and basketball games to thousands of other events, he’s given his life to the University. UH should celebrate his service with an induction to the Hall.

Recently, GoCoogs.com nominated him for the Hall of Honor. You can nominate him, too. Our submission:

David Bertman has been director of bands for the Spirit of Houston since 2000, serving with distinction for nearly a quarter century. He has rebuilt the band to its former glory, always paying special attention to UH’s past. David recruits and works with hundreds of band members annually, instilling the Cougar spirit in each of them. He attends hundreds of events and has dedicated thousands of hours to UH Athletics. David Bertman is the living embodiment of Cougar Pride and should be recognized for his many accomplishments and years of service.

Dr. Bill Moffit deserves to be in the Hall of Honor, too. Each has been vital to UH Athletics.