It is no surprise that Head Coach Steve Howes wants Tommy Berry to continue focusing on developing Catholic University’s perimeter players. For the second year in a row, Berry’s work helped Cardinal guards attain high honors.
In 2014-15, Kevin Phanord was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Point guard Bryson Fonville earned Player of the Year honors and was a third-team All-American.
Last season, Fonville was a first-team All-Landmark selection and was again named All-American. Kyle Phanord was the league’s men’s basketball choice for Senior Scholar Athlete.
Berry’s run of success as a CUA assistant coach spans six seasons, the first four with the Cardinal women’s basketball team. CUA’s record during those six years is a combined 135-36 (.789). The run includes four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Berry’s debut season (2014-15) as a graduate assistant on Coach Howes’ staff played a key role in the team’s 23-6 record (15-1 in conference) and appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cards (22-6) won the Landmark regular-season and tournament titles in 2015-16 and hosted an NCAA playoff game.
Berry joined Howes after helping the Cardinal women enjoy unparalleled success. In his final season (2013-14), CUA went 22-6 and won the ECAC South Region Championship. Head Coach Matt Donohue and his assistants were named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
During Berry’s four years on Donohue’s staff, the Cardinals made four postseason appearances and were a combined 90-24 (.789). CUA in 2011-12 went 22-6, won the Landmark championship on the road – the first league title in program history – and qualified for its first NCAA Tournament. Berry’s responsibilities included practice planning, video editing and working with post players.
The 2012-13 Cards repeated as Landmark champions and won their first game in the NCAA playoffs. The team bolted to a 14-0 record and later won 13 straight to finish 27-2. It is the greatest season in program history.
Berry started working with the women as a manager in 2004 while still in grade school. He became a student assistant coach under Donohue during his freshman year (2010-11).
The highlight of Berry’s two summer internships in the George Washington Athletic Department was working with the Team USA men’s basketball team prior to its Gold Medal performance at the 2012 Olympics. He served in the Cardinals’ sports information office his junior and senior years. He is often heard broadcasting games on the PA and online.
Berry has coached at CUA’s Cardinal Basketball Academy since high school and worked as an assistant to the promotions director for the Five-Star Foundation. This group allows financially disadvantaged children to attend a Five-Star basketball camp. He has also coached at the All-Academic Basketball Camp at Brandeis, and at Siena under CUA graduate Jimmy Patsos.
Berry and Victor Oladipo (Oklahoma City Thunder) were basketball teammates for three years (kindergarten through second grade) at what is now St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md. Berry’s mother, Mary, was head coach. In the eighth grade, he played baseball with Quinn Cook, who helped lead Duke to the 2015 National Championship.
Berry played varsity baseball at DeMatha Catholic High School his sophomore and junior years under Sean O’Connor before a right shoulder injury ended his career. He completed his studies at the Hyattsville school in 2010.
Berry graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. He posted a GPA of at least 3.0 all four years. He is working on a master’s in leadership management.
Thomas James Berry was born Jan. 27, 1992 in Silver Spring, Md. His father, Tom, was a two-year boys basketball manager (1957-59) at nearby Archbishop Carroll High School. The Lions were undefeated his senior year and went on to win 60 in a row. The 1958-59 team, which included former Notre Dame President, the Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, was inducted into the Carroll Hall of Fame.