Eric Bloom – Coach
When I first joined MasterDrive, the slogan was “Simply the Best”. And it was written in crimson on a banner in the classroom. This seemed a natural fit after serving in the Marine Corps for twenty years where the colors are crimson and gold. And the biggest reason for joining the Marines was that my father drilled it into my head that the Marines were the best. I’ve always strived to be the best. I enjoy the art of helping people do it right. I believe MasterDrive is the best at doing what we do.
Teaching, coaching, striving for constant improvement has been a way of life for me. Just before I retired from the Marines, I received a call from a gunnery sergeant who had worked for me ten years prior when she was a sergeant. Her message was that we were the best in that command. Then she said, “you were right”. “Right about what?” I asked. “Right about everything” was her reply. That was worth more to me than any award or decoration I’ve received. Whoa! Certainly I wasn’t always right, but I like the process of trying to get there. It’s nice to hear parents tell me that MASTERDRIVE does it right.
I’ve helped athletes to state podiums, lead soccer teams to the state playoffs, and as a coach, helped skiers exceed their expectations in all terrain and all conditions. People have the desire to improve, but often have no idea about what steps they need to take. It takes more than desire. It takes analysis, and sometimes trial and error to hit on the right combinations of tactics and strategies to help people truly know where they are what they need to do to take it to the next level. Helping young people become a better, safer driver is like other coaching activities. Controlling a vehicle, however, is much more important to their lives and the lives of those around them.”
Doug Bertoglio – MasterDrive Certified Coach in all phases of The MasterDrive Experience
“I have been a coach with MasterDrive since December of 2010. I live in Laguna Hills (California) with my wife and two adult children. Both of my children are also MasterDrive Skills Coaches. I retired as a sergeant from the Orange County (CA) Sheriff’s Department, having served for almost 31 years. During my tenure with the OCSD, I worked a number of assignments including courts, jail, patrol, traffic, and helicopter observer. I spent 9 years as a Motor Deputy and 6 as a Motor Sergeant. I was a Patrol Training Officer and a supervisor of the Major Accident Reconstruction Team. I am a state certified Police Motorcycle Instructor and an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor.
I truly believe in The MasterDrive Experience program and I know that my efforts and my fellow coaches are making a huge difference in the safety of young people in Orange County, by producing skilled and knowledgeable young drivers.”