Berny Wagner served as Oregon State University's cross country and track and field coach from July 1965 through December 1975. In 1972 he was voted as a United States Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and was an assistant track coach for the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Prior to coming to OSU, Wagner coached track and cross country at the College of San Mateo (CA) from 1962 to 1965 and track at four California high schools from 1949 to 1962. He received BA (1948) and MA (1949) degrees in Education from Stanford University.
Other positions that Wagner has held during his career have included working with Whitaker Corporation's International Sports program in Saudi Arabia (1976-1978); Executive Director of the Track & Field Association of the USA (1978-1981); and National Coach/Coordinator of The Athletics Congress (1981-1989).
The Berny Wagner Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and magazine articles documenting Wagner's tenure as coach of Oregon State University's men's track and field team for the 1966 through 1975 seasons. The scrapbooks highlight many of OSU's track and field standouts from that time, such as 1968 Olympic gold medal winner Dick Fosbury and All-Americans Jim Barkley, Steve DeAutremont, Willie Turner, Tom Woods, Jim Judd, Hailu Ebba, and Ed Lipscomb.