Scott Berry

Scott Berry (born July 20, 1962) is an American baseball coach and former catcher, who is the current head baseball coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.[1][2] He played college baseball at Crowder College from 1983 to 1984. He then served as the head coach of the Merdian Eagles (1997–2000).

Scott Berry
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSouthern Miss
ConferenceC-USA
Record395–215–1
Biographical details
Born (1962-07-20) July 20, 1962 (age 58)
Neosho, Missouri
Alma materSouthwest Missouri State '86
Playing career
1983–1984Crowder
Position(s)C
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986Southwest Missouri State (student asst.)
1991–1996Meridian (asst.)
1997–2000Meridian
2001–2009Southern Miss (asst.)
2010–presentSouthern Miss
Head coaching record
Overall395–215–1
TournamentsC-USA: 11–8
NCAA: 8–12
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
C-USA Coach of the Year (2011, 2017, 2018)

Playing careerEdit

Berry played two years at Crowder College, a junior college in Missouri. After two all-region seasons as a catcher, he was forced to give up baseball due to back issues. He transferred to Southwest Missouri State where he completed his degree and became a student assistant coach.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

In 1991, Berry was named an assistant at Meridian Community College, serving under Corky Palmer who would precede him at Southern Miss. After six seasons as an assistant, Berry became head coach at Meridian, where he remained for four seasons, earning numerous coach of the year awards. He also led Meridian to their first National Junior College World Series in 1998. His teams were ranked in the top 10 all four years he was at the helm, and placed 25 players at Division I schools and coached nine future professional players.[1][2]

Berry then rejoined Palmer with the Golden Eagles, accepting an assistant coaching position at Southern Miss. Berry worked in a number of roles, including hitting coach, pitching coach, and associate head coach prior to becoming head coach in 2010. While a hitting coach, the Golden Eagles hit over .300 as a team after batting .279 the previous season, with seven players batting over .300. As a pitching coach, USM posted the lowest ERA in Conference USA and produced four players who earned seven All-America awards, including one in four consecutive years. In 2009, the Golden Eagles made their first trip to the College World Series after defeating Florida in Gainesville in the super regional round.[1][2] Berry ran USM's streak of NCAA appearances to nine with trips in 2010 and 2011, including a 2010 Conference USA Baseball Tournament title and a share of the 2011 regular season conference title.[1][3]

Head coaching recordEdit

Below is a table of Berry's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[4][5]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Meridian Community College (Records Not Available) (1997–2000)
Southern Miss (Conference USA) (2010–present)
2010 Southern Miss 36–24 14–10 2nd NCAA Regional
2011 Southern Miss 39–19 16–8 t-1st NCAA Regional
2012 Southern Miss 32–24 14–10 t-3rd
2013 Southern Miss 30–27 15–9 t-1st
2014 Southern Miss 35–25 19–11 3rd
2015 Southern Miss 36–18–1 19–10 3rd
2016 Southern Miss 41–19 20–10 3rd NCAA Regional
2017 Southern Miss 50–16 25–5 1st NCAA Regional
2018 Southern Miss 44–18 23–6 1st NCAA Regional
2019 Southern Miss 40–21 20–10 2nd NCAA Regional
2020 Southern Miss 12–4 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
Southern Miss: 395–215–1 185–89
Total: 395–215–1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Scott Berry Profile". southernmiss.com. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Southern Miss Names Scott Berry Head Baseball Coach". Conference USA. May 7, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  3. ^ Austin Bishop (June 2, 2010). "Q&A with USM head baseball coach Scott Berry". The Star Herald. Kosciusko, MS. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "2013 Conference USA Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "2013 Conference USA Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013.