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Benedict names new football coach

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New Coach Chennis Berry

Benedict College's  new head football coach Chennis Berry (center) with Athletic Director Willie Washington and President Dr. Roslyn C. Artis

On Tuesday, Benedict College named Chennis Berry as its new head football coach.

“On behalf of the Benedict College Tigers, I want to publicly thank our athletic director, Willie Washington and the members of the search committee for their thorough and thoughtful processes that led us to welcome this outstanding coach, Chennis Berry, to the BC family,” said Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn C. Artis. “We are thrilled and honored to have a football coach with the incredible credentials of Mr. Berry lead our football program. At Benedict, we strive for the best in everything we do, and Coach Berry exemplifies those qualities.”

Berry comes to Benedict after serving at the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of Southern University. During his seven years with Southern, the Jaguars had a winning record every season and won four SWAC West Division titles and one SWAC championship. Under his direction, the offense set numerous school and SWAC conference records. His coaching resume includes stops at Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State, Morris Brown, Kentucky State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State. He also served internships with six different NFL teams.

“We had a lot of excellent applicants for this position, and in the end it was clear that Coach Berry was the top candidate who could bring a winning attitude and the offensive production that will excite Benedict fans,” said Benedict Athletic Director Willie Washington. “He has a proven track record of winning, coaching young men to become All-Conference and All-Americans, and putting points on the scoreboard. We know everyone will want to come and watch this exciting team we will have on the field.”

“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at Benedict College,” said Berry. “The passion of Coach Washington and the energy of the students and staff is thrilling and exciting. I am ready to roll up my sleeves, get started and do my part to accelerate the legacy of Benedict College.”

Berry is married to Mrs. Ramille Berry. They have four children: Jasmin, Mia, Chennis III and Channing.

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