Berry College

5015 Berry College Mount Berry, GA 30149
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
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Cori Thiermann

Cori Thiermann became the first head softball coach in Berry College history in June, 2008. In her Berry career, she has accumulated a career record of 302-108 including an 116-19 record in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).


Under Thiermann's guidance, the Vikings have become one of the top softball programs in the nation. Since 2013, the Vikings have won six of the last seven SAA Regular Season Championships, four of the last five SAA Tournament Championships and have advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship each of those four seasons. In 2018, the Vikings clinched the NCAA Division III Atlanta Regionals title to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in program history.


Berry has also earned a No. 1 NFCA national ranking, had three NFCA All-Americans, four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 54 All-Conference Selections, 89 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees, nine SAA Major Award winners (Player, Pitcher or Newcomer of the Year) and Thiermann has been named the SAA's Coach of the Year five of the past six seasons. The Vikings also set the program record in 2017 with 40 wins and were a perfect 17-0 in SAA play. In addition, Berry has been selected as an NFCA All-Academic Team each season since 2011 and placed numerous athletes on the NFCA Scholar-Athlete list.


Thiermann came to Berry after two seasons as an assistant coach at Montana State University-Billings, where she finished her master's degree in sports, recreation and fitness management. During her tenure there, the Yellow Jackets posted a 54-45 overall record, including an impressive 26-13 mark in conference play. In 2008, the team went 28-21 and was 16-8 against Great Northwest Athletic Conference opponents.


Thiermann holds a bachelor's degree in both business administration and public administration from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, where she played NCAA Division I softball for the Phoenix from 2001-05 and was a four-year Horizon League Honor Roll member. As a senior she was a member of the 2005 team that won the Horizon League championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

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Emily Stanley

Emily Stanley was hired as the assistant softball coach at Berry College in September of 2014.


Since Stanley arrived at Berry, the Vikings pitching staff has become one of the top squads in the nation. The Vikings have won the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Regular Season Title four of the past five season during Stanley's tenure, have won four of the last five SAA Tournament Titles and have advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship in each of those four years. In 2018, the Vikings clinched the NCAA Division III Atlanta Regionals title to advance to NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in program history. She has coached two pitchers to All-America honors, helped her players earn three SAA Player of the Year honors and three SAA Pitcher of the Year honors.


In addition, her pitchers consistently lead the SAA in nearly every pitching category. In 2017, the Vikings ranked No. 5 in the nation in team ERA with at 1.29, No. 6 in the nation with 18 shutouts, and had two pitchers in the top five nationally in several categories.


Stanley arrived at Berry after spending three years at NCAA Division II Mars Hill University in North Carolina. She helped the Lions to a 24-20 record in 2014. Prior to Mars Hill, Stanley served in the same capacity for Louisburg College of the NJCAA. Additionally, she coached at NCAA Division III Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. where she completed her master's degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Stanley worked with the Ithaca College softball team as a Sports Psychology Consultant and later as an assistant coach.


Stanley completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. She was a three-year varsity softball captain and received several honors including All-Conference at second-base, third-base, and utility. Additionally, Stanley received Purchase College honors including Most Valuable Player for three years, the Rookie of the Year Award, and the Leadership Award.

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