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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC Baseball to hold 6th annual fundraiser dinner on Nov. 7

  • A program will be held with special guest speaker Mayville State University head baseball coach Scott Berry.
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  • The University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball program will be hosting its sixth annual fundraiser dinner at the Crookston Eagles Club on Thurs., Nov. 7. Cost of the dinner is $35 for either prime rib or walleye. All proceeds will benefit the Golden Eagle Baseball program.
    A social will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Shortly thereafter, a program will be held with special guest speaker Mayville State University head baseball coach Scott Berry. A legendary coach, Berry is no stranger to baseball fans throughout the area.
    A native of LaMoure, N.D., Coach Berry lettered and was named all-conference four times for Mayville State University under legendary head coach Al Meyer. He will be entering his 32nd season of leading the Comets. His teams have won 21 conference championships (including 17 straight), 18 conference play-off championships and made 22 appearances in the national playoffs. He personally earned NAIA District 12 or Region III Coach of the Year honors on 11 different occasions and conference coach of the year 19 times, including both the 2005 NAIA Region III and DAC-10 Coach of the Year award. Coach Berry earned Dakota Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors again after the 2011 season. He is currently the tenth all-time winningest coach in NAIA. He achieved his 900th victory on September 29 with a 9-1 victory over Valley City State University.
    In 1996, Berry was honored by his alma mater with his induction into the Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1998, the North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association honored Berry with the “Special Achievement Award”. In 1999, Berry was recognized by his NAIA Great Plains Region coaching peers as being the Great Plains Region Coach of the Year. In 2001, Berry was named Region 3 Coach of the year. The NAIA awarded Berry with its highest honor by inducting him into the NAIA Hall of Fame for Baseball in 2002. In 2003, Berry was named to his third Hall of Fame by being inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame. In 2009, Berry was inducted into the Christian Sports Commission Hall of Fame; his fourth Hall of Fame award in his tenure at Mayville State. In 2010, the baseball field at Mayville State University was named in his honor. In 2010, Berry received the NAIA Robert E. Smith Achievement Award. This award is presented to an NAIA coach or administrator who has demonstrated unselfish promotion of NAIA baseball. In 2011, Berry was selected to the FCA Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award. This award is presented annually to the college or high school baseball coach who best exemplifies the Christian principles of Character, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork and Service on and off the baseball field.
    Recognized and respected nationally, Coach Berry is currently serving as the First Vice President of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He will assume the role of President when Vanderbilt University head coach Tim Corbin’s term expires. Coach Berry will then be in the select company of Dick Seibert (Minnesota), Pinky Kraft (North Dakota) and Jim Dimick (St. Olaf) as regional coaches who have served as ABCA President.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I am thrilled that Scott Berry has agreed to speak at our sixth annual fundraiser dinner,” says UMC Head Baseball Coach Chris Vito. “He is a legendary figure in collegiate baseball. The shadow of Coach Berry’s influence extends to not only a regional but also a national level.”
    There will be Golden Eagle Baseball hats for sale and a 50/50 drawing held at the dinner.
    For tickets contact either, Chris Vito, head baseball coach at 281-8445 or vito@umn.edu, or Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising at 281-8436 or btyrrell@umn.edu.
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