Chris Berry is in his seventh season as the volunteer assistant coach under Steve Smith. This season, Berry assumes responsibilities as Baylor's pitching coach; he assisted Smith with pitchers during his first six seasons on staff. As volunteer assistant, Berry's duties also include field maintenance at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor's success on the mound during Berry's time on staff is readily evident. Over the past two seasons, the Bears have ranked in the top 20 nationally in team ERA, including a 3.23 mark that placed 12th nationally last season. He has served as Baylor's bullpen coach in recent seasons. In 2005, Baylor's bullpen trio of Ryan LaMotta, Jeff Mandel and Abe Woody was among the nation's best, posting a combined 2.21 ERA with 150 strikeouts against only 56 walks and a .211 opponents' batting average.
Berry came to Baylor from Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga., where he served as an assistant coach during the 1999 season. At Young Harris, Berry's responsibilities included coaching the infielders, as well as field preparation and maintenance. During Berry's tenure, his players achieved a .960 fielding percentage and had eight straight errorless games.
Prior to his stint at Young Harris, Berry served as an assistant coach at Rockford College in Illinois from 1997 to 1998 where he worked mainly with the pitching staff. He also implemented the strength and conditioning program and helped with fund raising and field maintenance.
Berry also has experience in the professional ranks, working as 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.
A 1997 graduate of Bluefield College with a degree in recreation administration, Berry began his coaching career at his alma mater. As an assistant coach, he worked with hitters and helped coach the defense. He also handled team travel and equipment purchasing.
Berry, 32, is married to the former Connie Kath. They have an eight-year-old daughter, Kennedy, and a four-year-old son, Jackson.