Tom Berry’s work with Catholic University’s guards last year helped two of them reap Landmark Conference awards. Kevin Phanord was named Defensive Player of the Year and Bryson Fonville Player of the Year. Fonville was further honored as a third-team All-American.
Berry’s debut season as a graduate assistant on Steve 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. He will continue to coach CUA’s backcourt players this year and will serve as video coordinator and director of basketball operations.
Berry joined Howes after helping the Cardinal women’s basketball team enjoy its greatest 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 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 and complete its finest season ever.
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 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 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.