Meet Chad Berryhill
A Ferris State alum, Chad Berryhill took over the Bulldog men's and women's tennis programs in the fall of 2012. He claimed 2016 GLIAC Coach of the Year honors in men's tennis after leading the Bulldogs to a historic campaign.
In his fourth season at the helm, Berryhill most recently guided the Bulldog men's tennis squad to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history. Ferris State wrapped up the 2015-16 men's season with a 25-4 dual record while finishing with the most wins in school history during a historic and record-breaking campaign.
Along with capturing the Midwest Regional crown and reaching the national semifinals, Ferris State also won the GLIAC's outright regular-season title for the second-straight year under Berryhill's direction. The 2016 campaign represented the first-time ever in which FSU had won both the GLIAC Regular-Season & Tournament Championships in the same year since the tournament moved to its current dual team format. FSU picked up four-straight victories in the national tournament before falling to eventual national champion Hawaii Pacific in the semifinals at the Division II Festival in Denver.
Berryhill came back to Ferris State following two successful years as the assistant men's tennis coach at NCAA Division I Central Florida where he helped the Knights haul in the nation's 17th-ranked incoming recruiting class for 2012-13, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network (www.tennisrecruiting.net). The program's class also ranked first in Florida over traditional state powers such as Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Along with his duties as the head men's and women's tennis coach at FSU, Berryhill also serves as the head tennis professional at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in addition to directing the tennis camp program.
While at Central Florida, Berryhill helped the program earn a top 75 overall national ranking in NCAA Division I men's tennis. During his first campaign at UCF in 2010-11, the Knights faced one of the nation's toughest schedules by playing 10 nationally-ranked opponents. Seven players also earned spots on the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
Berryhill, who's certified by both the United States Professional Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry, graduated from Ferris State in 2005 with a degree in marketing and professional tennis management. He also earned a masters degree in physical education from South Florida in 2009.
Berryhill arrived at UCF after an impressive five-year tenure (2005-10) developing one of the top programs in the country as the women's tennis head coach at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. He led the Lady Hawks to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in 2008 along with national runner-up finishes in 2006, 2007 and 2009. His final team posted a 18-5 mark in 2010 and placed third nationally with one of his players, Olivia Howlett, claiming the singles national championship and being chosen as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Player of the Year.
Hillsborough won four consecutive Florida Community College Activities Association state titles under Berryhill. Nine of his junior college players went on to sign with four-year schools and 10 were tabbed as NJCAA All-Americans. Six players claimed ITA All-America laurels, four players were chosen as NJCAA Academic All-Americans and three received ITA National Player of the Year recognition.
While at Hillsborough, Berryhill received 2008 NJCAA National Coach of the Year honors and was twice named the ITA Region IV Coach of the Year. He served as the ITA's NJCAA Women's Ranking Chair and led his program to five ITA Small College National Championships. Additionally, he was the HCC Tennis Complex Operations Manager.
Before moving to the junior college ranks, Berryhill spent four years overall as a high school coach in Michigan, including three years as the head boys coach at Big Rapids High School. He was recognized as the 2004 Michigan High School Regional Coach of the Year for his efforts on the prep level.
During his time at FSU, Berryhill twice served as president of the PTM Student Association and held internship assignments as the director of tennis at the Brynwood Country Club in Milwaukee and with the Michigan State Nike Tennis Camps in East Lansing. He's also worked at the Court One Athletic Club in Lansing and served as the Director of Tennis for the Harvard Summer Camp along with being the administrative director and developmental coach for the renowed Tennissmith School in Tampa.