April 9, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry, regarded as one of the most successful junior college baseball coaches in the annals of the state, will be inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday, April 29, at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl.
Berry served as head coach at Meridian Community College from 1997-2001 and compiled a gaudy 185-58 record while guiding the Eagles to multiple JUCO World Series appearances.
Following a highly successful six-year tenure as an assistant coach at MCC under the legendary Corky Palmer, Berry took over the Eagle reins in 1997 and won 76 percent of his games. Two of his Eagle teams qualified for the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Berry's teams never finished out of the Top 10 NJCAA poll, as over 25 of his players earned NCAA Division I scholarships.
Berry was named Region 23, District, and Louisville Slugger Coach of the Year three times and was also honored as the Diamond ABCA Region Coach of the Year on two occasions. Two of Berry's Eagle teams won more than 50 games, including his 1997 squad which was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the regular season and ultimately finished with a 50-8 record.
Nine of Berry's Eagles played professionally, including 2008 Cy Young Award winning pitcher Cliff Lee. Berry's jersey number (40) was retired by MCC in 2010. Following his stellar stint in Meridian, Berry went on to become Palmer's top assistant at Southern Miss and helped lead the Golden Eagles to their first-ever Super Regional title and appearance in the NCAA College World Series in 2009.
Berry, now in his fifth season as the Golden Eagles baseball coach, has compiled a 156-109 record for Southern Miss. His ledger includes two Conference USA regular-season championships and one C-USA tournament title. In 2011, Berry was named the league's Coach of the Year. He and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of a son, Garren, and a daughter, Kathryn Grace.