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Scott Berry finds new role at Southern Miss following tenure as head baseball coach

Scott Berry (Photo courtesy of USM Athletics)

He’s back!

Retired Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry could not stay away from the university very long. After announcing his retirement in May having spent 23 seasons with the program, USM officials confirmed on Tuesday that the longtime skipper is back on campus but in a different role.

Berry will now be serving as the Golden Eagles’ assistant athletic director for community relations where he will be serving under the leadership of Southern Miss Athletics Director Jeremy McClain.

“We are excited to have Scott Berry continue to be involved with our athletics department as an Assistant AD,” McClain said. “No one exemplifies what it means to be a Golden Eagle more than Scott, and his presence will continue to have a positive impact on our programs.”

Berry surpassed Hill Denson last season as the school’s all-time winningest baseball coach and compiled a 517-276-1 record over his time with the program.

In addition, Berry has led 14 different players who earned All-America honors and has had 28 players taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Berry has coached four Ferriss Trophy winners honoring the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi and oversaw the C-USA Assistant Coach of the Year winner four times. During his tenure, he also produced 36 first-team all-conference selections.

Longtime Golden Eagle assistant Christian Ostrander has since been hired to fill the big shoes left by Berry. Ostrander will make his head coaching debut on Friday when Southern Miss welcomes Marist to Pete Taylor Park for its opening three-game series.

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