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New Faces in Athletics

Curtis Gilbert, left, and Dr. Tom Hart

A coach with a championship pedigree has taken the reins of Berry’s men’s lacrosse program. Curtis Gilbert previously distinguished himself at New England College in Henniker, N.H., where he posted a 69-48 record in seven seasons, culminating with a 2012 North Atlantic Conference championship and NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament appearance.

The Berry team he inherits is coming off a program-best 13-5 finish highlighted by a Southern Athletic Association regular-season championship. After the season, the Vikings were lauded by laxpower.com as the nation’s third most-improved team among the 208 institutions fielding NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse programs. More on Gilbert.

Earlier this summer, Berry welcomed Dr. Tom Hart as director of intercollegiate athletics. He brings a wealth of experience after serving for 19 years as athletic director at Webster University in St. Louis. Under Hart’s direction, the Webster program garnered 52 conference championships and 49 NCAA playoff appearances. Webster student-athletes also shined academically, graduating at a rate 10 percent higher than that of the overall student body. More on Hart.

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Jeff RogersA busy spring for Berry’s student-athletes ended with two individual conference championships in men’s track, regular-season titles in men’s lacrosse and women’s softball, and a sixth-place national finish in hunt seat equestrian competition. Also making headlines was men’s basketball, which welcomed a new coach in Jeff Rogers (pictured), who comes to Berry after posting a four-year record of 77-34 at Kentucky’s Thomas More College.

Standouts for Berry included junior Ryan James, who raced to victory in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Southern Athletic Association track and field championships. Also excelling were student-athletes competing in men’s lacrosse and women’s softball; both teams set new benchmarks for wins, men’s lacrosse with 13 and women’s softball with 29. The 13-5 finish in men’s lacrosse represented the third-best one-year improvement among 208 teams competing in NCAA Division III in 2013. Women’s tennis and men’s golf added a pair of second-place finishes in SAA tournament play. Success by the various teams resulted in numerous individual awards. Click the link for each sport to read more.

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