Tom Berry moves over to Steve Howes’ staff for the 2014-15 season after helping the Catholic University women’s basketball team enjoy its greatest success ever. He will serve as a graduate assistant with duties that include recruiting, practice preparation, film exchange, day-to-day operations and working with CUA’s guards.
Berry started working with the women’s team as a manager 10 years ago while still in grade school. He became a student assistant coach under Matt Donohue during his freshman year (2010-11).
During Berry’s four years on Donohue’s staff, the Cardinals made four postseason appearances and posted a combined record of 90-24 (.789). CUA in 2011-12 went 22-6, won the Landmark Conference 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 Cardinals 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 and complete its finest season ever. In Berry’s final year, CUA went 22-6 and won the ECAC South Region Championship.
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 and 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, which allows financially disadvantaged children 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 (Orlando Magic) were basketball teammates for three year (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, a senior point guard at Duke.
Berry played varsity baseball at DeMatha Catholic High School his sophomore and junior years 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 towards a master’s in leadership management.
Thomas James Berry was born on 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.