UM Women's Bball Coach Michael Berry Resigns
posted on March 19, 2012 17:25
MOBILE, Ala—The University of Mobile has announced that women’s basketball Head Coach Michael Berry has resigned his post at the school to pursue other interests. A nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately.
After taking over as the head man during the 2007-08 season, Berry compiled a 67-68 mark with the Lady Rams. Prior to becoming head coach, Berry spent four years as an assistant with the Lady Rams and helped the team to an 86-41 record and two NAIA National Tournament appearances.
In 2009-10, the Lady Rams finished 17-12 and climbed into the NAIA Top-25 for the first time since 2007 when they appeared at No. 24 in the Jan. 11th edition of the poll. Mobile has also been stout defensively under Berry’s leadership the last three years, ranking among the national leaders in blocks per game, defensive rebounds and total blocks each year. The team also set school records for fewest points allowed in a season and total blocks in 2009-10.
Aside from team accomplishments, eight players have earned All-Conference honors since Berry took over. Alice Honnery was named NAIA All-American in 2011, Danielle Goodly was named NAIA All-American in 2009 and Crystal Hutchinson was named GCAC Freshman of the Year in 2008. Players have also set nine school records under Berry’s watch (career blocks, single-season blocks, single-season steals, single-game scoring, single-game FG made (2X), single-game FG att, single-game blocked shots and single-game rebounds). This season, Kelsie Ruff, Honnery and Daphnee Frieson earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors under Berry’s tutelage.