Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University AthleticsDepartment announced the appointment of ChadBerryhill as the school's new men's and women's tennishead coach in the fall of 212.
A Ferris State alum, Berryhill took over the Bulldog programfollowing two successful years as the assistant men's tennis coachat NCAA Division I Central Florida where he helped the Knights haulin the nation's 17th-ranked incoming recruiting class for 2012-13,according to the Tennis Recruiting Network (www.tennisrecruiting.net). The program's mostrecent class also ranked first in Florida over traditional statepowers such as Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Along with his duties as the head men's and women's tennis coachat FSU, Berryhill also serves as the head tennis professional atthe FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in addition to directing thetennis camp program. He replaced Alex Palladino, who departedFSU after five seasons at the helm.
"I've known Chad since his days as a student and followed hissuccess closely," said FSU Associate Athletics Director JonColes. "He is a proven winner and an up and coming elitecollegiate coach who we're grabbing at the right time.
"His success and ties with junior college and internationalplayers will allow him to recruit high-level competitors who willmake an immediate impact. With Chad on board, I'm extremelyexcited about the future of Bulldog Tennis as we continue to buildoff this past year's men's league tournament championship," headded.
While at Central Florida, Berryhill helped the program earn a top75 overall national ranking in NCAA Division I men's tennis. Duringhis first campaign at UCF in 2010-11, the Knights faced one of thenation's toughest schedules by playing 10 nationally-rankedopponents. Seven players also earned spots on the ConferenceUSA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
"We are very fortunate to have Chad joining our staff," saidDerek Ameel, who serves as the director of FSU'sProfessional Tennis Management (PTM) program. "As an alumni of ourPTM program and successful college coach at the Division I level,he brings with him the unique understanding of the synergy requiredfor this position and the experience needed to grow our tennisteams, PTM program and racquet facility. I believe Chad willbe a tremendous asset to Ferris and the community of Big Rapids."
Berryhill, who's certified by both the United States ProfessionalTennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry, graduatedfrom Ferris State in 2005 with a degree in marketing andprofessional tennis management. He also earned a mastersdegree in physical education from South Florida in 2009.
"I'm excited about this tremendous opportunity to come back toFerris State and the Big Rapids community," Berryhill said. "This position will allow me continue to coach collegiate tennis ata high level and have an impact on young lives and the tennisindustry. It was an easy decision because Ferris is such aspecial place."
Berryhill arrived at UCF after an impressive five-year tenure(2005-10) developing one of the top programs in the country as thewomen's tennis head coach at Hillsborough Community College inTampa. He led the Lady Hawks to the National Junior CollegeAthletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in 2008 alongwith national runner-up finishes in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Hisfinal team posted a 18-5 mark in 2010 and placed third nationallywith one of his players, Olivia Howlett, claiming the singlesnational championship and being chosen as the IntercollegiateTennis Association (ITA) National Player of the Year.
Hillsborough won four consecutive Florida Community CollegeActivities Association state titles under Berryhill. Nine ofhis junior college players went on to sign with four-year schoolsand 10 were tabbed as NJCAA All-Americans. Six playersclaimed ITA All-America laurels, four players were chosen as NJCAAAcademic All-Americans and three received ITA National Player ofthe Year recognition.
While at Hillsborough, Berryhill received 2008 NJCAA NationalCoach of the Year honors and was twice named the ITA Region IVCoach of the Year. He served as the ITA's NJCAA Women'sRanking Chair and led his program to five ITA Small CollegeNational Championships. Additionally, he was the HCC Tennis ComplexOperations Manager.
Before moving to the junior college ranks, Berryhill spent fouryears overall as a high school coach in Michigan, including threeyears as the head boys coach at Big Rapids High School. Hewas recognized as the 2004 Michigan High School Regional Coach ofthe Year for his efforts on the prep level.
During his time at FSU, Berryhill twice served as president of thePTM Student Association and held internship assignments as thedirector of tennis at the Brynwood Country Club in Milwaukee andwith the Michigan State Nike Tennis Camps in East Lansing. He's also worked at the Court One Athletic Club in Lansing andserved as the Director of Tennis for the Harvard Summer Camp alongwith being the administrative director and developmental coach forthe renowed Tennissmith School in Tampa.
Berryhill took over a men's tennis program that won the school'sfirst Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)Tournament Championship since 1999 in 2012.
The Bulldog women's tennis program most recently reached thenational tournament in back-to-back seasons both in 2009-10 and2010-11.
"I'm looking forward to working with both programs on an every daybasis," Berryhill said. "One of our first goals will be torepeat as the conference champions on the men's side and I hope tocontinue to elevate our program on both sides back to where we arecompeting year in and year out for championships."
WHAT THEY ARESAYING ABOUT CHAD BERRYHILL:
"Chad has trained under the world's best coaches and will addthe intellectual and physical requirements so desperately needed intoday's college circles."
- Vic Braden, Legendary Coach & TennisResearch Expert
"I'm so pleased to hear that Chad Berryhill is returning toFerris State to coach the men's and women's tennis teams. Chad was the Director of Tennis for The Tennis Academy at Harvardseveral years ago and helped move the quality of our teachingforward remarkably. I don't think you could find a bettercombination of skills for Chad's additional role in the developmentof coaches in the Ferris State tennis program. He brings awarm personality, great technical skill, and considerableadministrative expertise to this new position, and we wish him andFerris State the best of luck in moving forward."
- Dave Fish, Head Men's Tennis Coach, Harvard
"Great news for tennis! Chad Berryhill, a graduate of FerrisState's unique tennis management program, is returning to his almamater as the new Men's and Women's Head Tennis Coach. In additionto coaching the teams, Chad will have a significant role in thedevelopment of the next generation of tennis teaching professionalsin America. Our game needs individuals like Chad Berryhill. He is atotal package coach and has a skill set, both on and off the court,that far exceeds the industry norm. I spent five years with Chadand know he is one of the most knowledgeable and competent coachesin all of college tennis."
- Steve Smith, Tennissmith School
"Chad will bring a tremendous amount of passion and coachingexperience to the Men's & Women's tennis programs. As agraduate of Ferris State, Chad also has a vested interest in seeingthe varsity tennis programs, tennis camps, PTM program, and theracquet facility programming succeed and grow. I look forwardto welcoming Chad back to campus and working with him to keepFerris State as a dominant tennis program within the GLIAC and aleader within the tennis industry."
- Collin Cadwell, Administrative Assistant,Ferris State PTM Program
"Chad was a great addition to our staff and extremely valuabledue to his past head coaching experience. He's had theopportunity to work with and learn from Steve Smith, who is one ofthe most well-respected tennis instructors in the country. He's an excellent teacher and has great leadershipskills."
- Bobby Cashman, Head Men's Tennis Coach, CentralFlorida
"We are very fortunate to have Chad joining our staff. As aFerris Professional Tennis Management Alum and successful collegecoach at the Division i level, he brings with him the uniqueunderstanding of the synergy required for this position and theexperience needed to grow our tennis teams, PTM program and racquetfacility. I believe Chad will be a tremendous asset to Ferrisand the community of Big Rapids."
- Derek Ameel, Professional Tennis ManagementDirector, Ferris State University