Harding University

900 E. Center
Box 12281 Searcy, AR 72149
Division 2 Arkansas South
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Phil Berry

Phil Berry is in his sixth season as head coach of the softball team at Harding. In his first five seasons, Berry has had four seasons with 30 wins or more and holds a 182-117 overall record.

Berry, a native of Woodstock, Georgia, and Harding graduate, restarted the Lady Bison softball program in 2014, which was canceled in 1985 after a five-year run due to a lack of collegiate competition.

Last season, Harding was 32-26 overall, earned the No. 6 seed at the Great American Conference Tournament and reached the tournament semifinals.

In 2017, Berry's Lady Bisons compiled a 58-9 record, won the Great American Conference regular season and tournament championships, the Central Region 1 tournament championship and concluded the season ranked ninth in Division II. Berry received GAC Coach of the Year.

Berry led the Lady Bisons to a runner-up finish in the 2016 GAC conference tournament, and the Lady Bisons have qualified for the GAC conference tournament every year since the program restarted.

Berry has had 22 players named All-GAC in the first four years of the program and has had two GAC Freshmen of the Year honorees. His student-athletes have earned 20 Academic All-GAC honors and 25 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete honors, and three CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees.

Prior to coming to Harding, Berry was instrumental in developing the Atlanta Vipers Fastpitch Club and served as a head coach, member of the advisory board and chairman. He compiled a 768-319-24 record as a travel ball coach and had five top-25 national finishes. Twenty-six players from the two teams Berry coached went on to play in college, including 22 at the NCAA Division I level.

In 2005, Berry revived a dormant softball program at North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga., and served as the head middle school coach until 2009. He was the assistant coach for the high school team from 2010-11.

Berry worked as an employment consultant with the PGA of American, a position he has took in 2001. He served PGA professionals, their employers and the Association by providing employment referral services.

Berry graduated magna cum laude from Harding in 1984 with a B.B.A. in business information systems. He earned an A.A. degree in golf complex operations and management in 1989.

Berry and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters: Stephanie, who graduated from Harding, and Amanda, a student at Harding.

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