Billy Berry has earned his 400th career win as the head baseball coach of Tennessee Wesleyan College. The 7 to 6 victory came on March 7th in the first game of the three game series with Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Reinhardt University. Tennessee Wesleyan went on to win the second game of the day and taking the weekend series. The Bulldogs are currently 17-6 overall and ranked #17 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll.
Billy Berry is in his tenth year as head baseball coach and under Berry's direction, the Bulldogs have an overall record of 405-160-1 and an AAC record of 174-37. In 2010 and 2011, he helped to lead the program to a long time goal of making it to the Avista NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs reached Lewiston by winning the Columbus, GA Opening Round Championship in 2010. In 2011, they repeated the feat by winning the Paducah, KY Opening Round Championship. In 2012, the Bulldogs won the Kingsport, TN Opening Round Championship and advanced to the Avista NAIA College World Series in Lewiston for a third consecutive appearance and eventually winning TWC's first NAIA National Championship. In 2007, the Bulldogs reached two milestones by becoming the first team in AAC history to go through the regular season unbeaten (18-0) and in that same year, the team broke the previous school record for wins with 46. The Bulldogs would go on to tie the school record in wins in 2010, and set a new school record in 2012 with 53 wins.
Over the last nine years, Coach Berry has led the Bulldogs to eight of the last nine AAC regular season championships (06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, and 14), as well as, eight AAC tournament finals with seven AAC tournament titles (07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 and 13). The Bulldogs have appeared in either the Region XII or Opening Round Championship tournament in each of Berry's nine seasons and appeared in the final game of those tournaments in seven of the nine appearances coming away with the Region XII title in 2006 and Opening Round Championships in 10, 11, and 12. Berry has been named AAC Coach of the Year seven times (06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 13, and 14), Region XII Coach of the Year three times (06, 07 and 08), and NAIA Regional Coach of the Year twice (10 and 11). For the efforts of the 2010 team, Coach Berry was awarded the TBCA College Coach of the Year and in 2012, Berry was named the ABCA/Diamond Sports Company NAIA Coach of the Year.
Berry and his staff have continued to maintain a high level of recruiting. Since the 2007 season, TWC has seen thirty two former Bulldogs move on to the professional ranks. Thirty six players have been named to the AAC All Conference First team with 7 of those players being named AAC Player of the Year and 4 named AAC Pitcher of the Year. The Bulldogs have had five first team NAIA All Americans, five second team NAIA All Americans, and several Region XII and NAIA Honorable Mention All American selections. In 2013, the National Championship team was named the Amateur Team of the Year by the Tennessee State Hall of Fame Association.
With his previous stint as Head Baseball Coach at Bluefield College, Berry has an overall coaching record of 451-217-1.