2012 NAIA National Champions!
Jack Bowling Baseball Field
Billy Berry returned to TWU in July of 2017 after a two year coaching stint at the Baylor School. This will mark his 11th year as head baseball coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Under Berry’s direction, the Bulldogs have an overall record of 433-166-1, posting a conference record of 189-41 during his previous 10 years.
In 2010 and 2011, he helped to lead the program to a long time goal of making it to the Avista NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs reached Lewiston by winning the Columbus, GA Opening Round Championship in 2010. In 2011 they repeated the feat by winning the Paducah, KY Opening Round Championship. In 2012, the Bulldogs won in the Kingsport, TN Bracket to advance to the Avista NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, where they won the NAIA National Championship. In 2007 the Bulldogs reached two milestones by becoming the first team in Appalachian Conference history to go through the regular season unbeaten (18-0). In that same year the team broke the previous school record for wins (46) and tied the record in 2010, but were able to surpass that in 2012 with 53 wins.
Over his previous 10 years, Coach Berry led the Bulldogs to nine of ten AAC regular season championships as well as nine AAC tournament finals with eight AAC tournament titles in 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15. The Bulldogs appeared in either the Region XII or Opening Round Championship final game in eight of the ten seasons coming away with the Region XII title in 2006 and Opening Round Championships in 10, 11, and 12. With the wins in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Bulldogs made appearances in the Avista NAIA World Series. Berry was named AAC Coach of the Year eight times in 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 13, 14, and 15. Region XII Coach of the Year three times in 06, 07 and 08. NAIA Regional Coach of the Year in 10, 11, 12 and for the efforts of those teams Coach Berry was awarded the TBCA Small College Coach of the Year award. In 2012, Berry was named the ABCA/Diamond Sports Company NAIA Coach of the Year. For his efforts over those 10 years Berry was inducted in the Tennessee Wesleyan University Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015.