Neill Berry
Neill Berry

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
4th Season


12/20/2011

Gamecocks Host Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday

Game time is set for 7 p.m. versus the Lions.

Neill Berry enters his third season as a full-time assistant on the South Carolina men's basketball staff for the 2011-12 campaign. Berry served as the director of player development for the Gamecocks during the 2008-09 season.

One of the youngest teams in the nation in 2010-11, South Carolina battled through a rigorous non-conference schedule, including nationally-televised road contests at then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 2 Ohio State early on in the campaign. Carolina earned thrilling overtime victories at Colonial Life Arena over then-No. 22 Vanderbilt and Arkansas, and earned an impressive 72-69 road win at Florida during the SEC season.

In his first season as a full-time assistant (2009-10), Berry joined forces with the South Carolina coaching staff to help lead the Gamecocks to an 11-5 mark in Colonial Life Arena, a road victory in their SEC opener at Auburn - Carolina's first victory in a league opener on the road since the 1993 campaign - and an upset victory over No. 1 Kentucky in a nationally-televised contest during the season. The squad also continued its upward trend in the classroom.

In the summer of 2010, South Carolina's recruiting class achieved its highest rankings in recent history. A collective effort by the entire Gamecock coaching staff, the class was ranked No. 17 in the country according to Scout.com, No. 22 in the Rivals.com rankings and was the No. 25 class according to ESPN.com.

Since entering the coaching profession as an intern in 2005, Berry has served an important role on Horn's staffs both at Western Kentucky and South Carolina. His efforts helped Western Kentucky win the 2006 Sun Belt Conference East Division title for the first time in three seasons, while in 2006-07 Berry again helped the Hilltoppers to a 20-win season as they finished 22-11 (12-6 in the Sun Belt).

During his time in Bowling Green, Berry's responsibilities continued to grow when in his first season as a full-time assistant coach for Horn, he played a key role in the success of the 2007-08 Hilltopper squad that captured the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, posting victories over Drake and San Diego before falling to top-seeded UCLA. Western Kentucky compiled a school-record 29 wins, finishing the season with an overall record of 29-7.

After serving as a reserve his first two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana, Berry sat out as a redshirt during the 2002-03 campaign in order to increase his playing time over his final two years. Berry helped the Lions to a 20-9 finish as SLU shared the Southland Conference regular-season championship with an 11-5 mark during his junior season. During his senior season, Berry helped lead SLU to the NCAA Tournament after going 24-9, including a 13-3 record in the league.

Berry graduated from Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison, Miss., in 2000. He is married to the former Ashly Miller and the couple welcomed a son, Ty Miller Berry, in the spring of 2011.