Chris Berry will be in his first season as an assistant coach at FGCU and has already established a career full of success as an assistant at Ohio, Baylor, Arkansas State and Sam Houston State where his teams made combined eight appearances in the NCAA Regionals since the 2000 season. Berry helped lead Baylor to the NCAA Super Regional in 2003 and 2005 highlighted by the 2005 team's trip to the College World Series.
Berry inherits a staff that tossed a collective 3.38 ERA last season and saw three players taken in the draft.
Berry went to Baylor from Young Harris College, Ga., where he served as an assistant coach during the 1999 season.
In his seven season at Baylor, Berry helped build a highly decorated pitching staff. The 2005 staff tossed an outstanding 3.23 ERA (12th in the nation) in 633.1 inning pitched while piliing up 46 wins against just 24 losses, allowing just 227 earned runs. The bullpen collected 19 saves, 11 of which came from the Bear's lone 10-game winner that season, Abe Woody. Berry helped guide three pitchers beyond 100 innings that season and saw opponents hit just .234 against his staff. Baylor was one of the last four teams standing in 2005 but ultimately fell to eventual national champion Texas.
In 2006, the Bears staff won 37 games, collected 18 saves and compiled a 4.13 staff ERA as Baylor finished the season ranked 26th nationally by Collegiate Baseball after advancing to the NCAA Regionals.
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 in the nation 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 subsequently the NCAA Regionals. During his four years at SHSU, Berry coached three players who were selected in the MLB Draft and coached or recruited three more that went on to be drafted following his departure.
In total, Berry has coached or recruited 33 players that have gone on to be drafted into Major League Baseball.
Berry also has experience in the professional ranks, working as an assistant to the director of stadium operations for the Rockford (Ill.) Cubbies, the Class-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In addition, he served as an administrative assistant for the Bluefield (Va.) Orioles.
Berry received his bachelor's degree in recreational administration from Bluefield College in Virginia where he was an Academic All-League pitcher with a 3.40 grade point average. He served as a graduate assistant baseball coach at Rockford College in 1997 and 1998 and as an assistant coach at Young and Harris College.
Berry and his wife Connie have two children, Kennedy (16) and Jackson (12).