Billy Berry has announced his resignation as the Head Coach for Baseball at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Berry has led the Bulldog program to national prominence after taking over in the summer of 2005.
Under Berry's direction, TWC has won 9 AAC Regular Season Championships, 8 AAC Tournament Championships, won the 2006 Region XII Championship, and participated in 7 NAIA Opening Round Tournaments. Berry's standards helped the Bulldogs to obtain the goal of reaching the Avista NAIA World Series on 3 occasions which culminated in their 2012 appearance with the institutions first NAIA National Championship.
"To say that Billy's resignation is a loss is an understatement" noted Donny Mayfield, Director of Athletics. "Coach Berry has helped to build on a strong legacy created by Wayne Norfleet and Ashley Lawson to heights that many thought were unattainable." Berry's excellence in coaching has been validated with the AAC naming him Coach of the Year on 8 occasions and in 2012, he was named the NAIA Baseball Coach of the Year. He has coached many of the AAC's top players over the past decade with numerous athletes being honored Conference Player of the Year and NAIA All American. "For me, it's a bittersweet moment. I'm happy for Coach Berry in his decision to move to another position that has excited him, but I'm saddened to lose one of TWC's all-time best coaches, advocate, and friend."
"It's with a heavy heart that after 10 years I am leaving TWC and the baseball program" said Billy Berry. "Jackie and I, along with our children, want to thank all who have supported us personally and professionally during these last 10 years. I want to personally thank Stan Harrison, Donny Mayfield, and Dr. Harley Knowles for all that they have done for me in my time to help this program be successful. I want to thank the alumni, former players, assistant baseball coaches, and all the people from the faculty and athletic staff that I've had the pleasure of working with during my tenure. If it weren't for TWC, I know that I would not have the opportunities to move forward with my family and my career. TWC has made me the person that I am today. TWC will always be in my heart, and I'm excited for what the future holds for not only TWC, but most importantly to me, the TWC Baseball Program."
Berry exits with an overall collegiate coaching record of 479-223-1 (211-72 AAC Record). As Head Coach of TWC, Berry was 433-166-1 (189-41 AAC Record). "We've enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with our baseball program during the last ten years under Coach Berry's leadership" said Donny Mayfield. "We will begin a search for Coach Berry's replacement immediately and will look for someone to carry on our strong history of baseball success. We wish Billy and his family the best as they move on to the next phase of their lives."