USM Baseball Coach Scott Berry to retire after 2023 season

Today, the Southern Miss baseball program announced head man Scott Berry’s decision to step away at the end of the 2023 season after 14 seasons as USM’s skipper.

There’s really not much left for Coach Berry to accomplish, breaking the program’s all-time win record last season and then earlier this month, surpassing 500 career wins.

Overall, Berry has been in Hattiesburg for 23 years, first serving as an assistant under the legendary Corky Palmer, including that 2009 College World Series run.

Ever since taking over in 2010, Berry has been a model of consistency, especially recently, currently in the midst of six straight 40-win seasons, having hosted two regionals during that stretch as well as last year’s Hattiesburg Super Regional.

A four-time Conference USA Coach of the Year, Berry is responsible for five regular season crowns, four tournament titles, and eight regional appearances. Southern Miss shortstop Dustin Dickerson said, “Whoever gets the job next, it’s going to be tough to pass him, but I don’t know, maybe we should rename 4th Street 40th Street or something? I don’t know. He’s a legend and he’ll always be remembered here.”

Southern Miss pitcher Justin Storm said, “When we get here, we’re expected to be good men in this community, and not just on the baseball field, and I think our motto here has always been Every Thing Matters, and he’s the perfect embodiment of that.”

Southern Miss third baseman Danny Lynch said, “He taught me a good handshake. That’s probably about the first thing you learn from him is you can learn a lot about a man from his handshake, so right off the bat that’s what he taught me.”

Coach Berry is just one of four skippers to lead the Golden Eagle baseball program, dating all the way back to 1959.

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