Prior to his time at Cate, Max has previously been a part of Corona del Mar Grey, a club team in Southern California. He was then the coach of Cal’s Collegiate Club team where he was awarded the 2014 CWPA Nationals Coach of the Year with a 3rd place finish in Utah. During his playing days, Max was a left-handed attacker for Carlsbad High School’s 2007 CIF San Diego Section Championship team before finishing his career at Conora del Mar High School. There, he was a two-time Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year. He scored 256 goals, 93 in his senior season and was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Year his last two seasons. He was a three-time All-CIF Southern Section Division I first-team selection. His senior year, he won the junior Olympics with SoCal Club before attending UC Berkeley. Freshman year at Cal, he was a member of the NCAA runner-up team, scoring two goals in the semifinals vs. Loyola Marymount University.
Max is the son of Garth Bergeson who helped the UCLA Bruins win a couple national championships in the 1970’s, and the nephew of James Bergeson, who led Stanford University twice to national titles, and won the silver medal for the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.