Head coach Rob Smith adds two coaches to his staff
Chris Berry begins his first season as an assistant coach at Ohio University. In his new role, Berry will work directly with the catchers and assist with the pitchers and hitters.
Berry joins Smith staff after a decorated career as an assistant coach at Baylor and Sam Houston State where his teams made a combine eight appearances in the NCAA Regionals since the 2000 season. In 2003 and 2005, he served on the Baylor coaching staff and helped the Bears to the Super Regional. The 2005 squad would advance to play in the Men's College World Series.
After earning his bachelor's degree in recreational administration from Bluefield College (Va.) in 1997, Berry went on to serve as an Assistant Coach at Rockford College and Young Harris College. From 1999-2004, he served as an assistant pitching coach at Baylor before earning the head pitching coach position for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
In his seven seasons at Baylor, Berry helped build a highly decorated pitching corps. In 2006, the Bears pitching staff compiled a 4.13 staff ERA as Baylor finished the season ranked 26th nationally by Collegiate Baseball after advancing to the NCAA Regionals.
The staff recorded 37 victories and 18 saves. In 2005, the Bears posted a team ERA of 3.23 to rank 12th nationally.
Berry moved on to Arkansas State for the start of the 2007 campaign, but not before he coached 25 pitchers, who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including two First Round Picks at Baylor.
During his time at Arkansas State as the Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach, Berry signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference and the No. 45 class overall according to Collegiate Baseball. He also coached T.J. Brewer, who would go on to lead the Sun Belt in ERA during his one season with ASU.
In July of 2007, he was named the pitching coach at Sam Houston State where he went on to serve for four seasons, helping the Bearkats to back-to-back Southland Conference Tournament titles and the NCAA Regionals. During his four years at SMSU, Berry coached three players, who were selected in the MLB Draft.
As a player, Berry was an Academic All-League pitcher with a 3.40 grade point average.
Berry is married to the former Connie Kath, and the couple has two children, Kennedy and Jackson.