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Todd BrooksTodd Brooks has returned to Berry as athletic director after two years at Virginia’s Christopher Newport University. He succeeds Dr. Tom Hart, who stepped down in May.

“Todd Brooks’ return to Berry is our good fortune,” said Debbie Heida, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “Todd helped build our current athletic program, and his experience at Christopher Newport enhances the work he will do in leading our program to greater heights. I am pleased to welcome Todd back to Berry and to Rome.”

Brooks’ previous tenure as Berry athletic director (1998 to 2013) was highlighted by significant growth for the program, including the addition of numerous sports, completion of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center, transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III, and creation of the Southern Athletic Association. Twice during that time he was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Southern States Athletic Conference. He is also a past recipient of Berry’s Martindale Award of Distinction, one of the college’s most prestigious faculty/staff honors.

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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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