McLennan Softball has begun the Chris Berry era, as the former baseball assistant has taken over for Manny Ordones, who resigned at the end of last season.
Berry has spent 20-plus years in the game of baseball, and while this wasn’t a jump he envisioned it came at the perfect time, and he felt like it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
“I’ve been trying to build into a head coach,” he said. “I didn’t know it was going to be in softball but that’s ok. It was an opportunity that was presented, and I wanted to jump on it.”
With a background in baseball, Berry knows there will be a learning curve but he plans to lean on assistant coach, and former Highlassie Jessica Smith.
“Dealing with guys versus dealing with young women is obviously a huge nuance,” Berry said. “That’s going to be a challenge, but I’ve got a great assistant coach who I’ve inherited. that played here, who knows the girls, who understands that bridge for me, that I’ve got to cross.”
Berry a long-time assistant has moved many times having to uproot his family each time, but said he did not want to do that, anymore and this job was a perfect opportunity to become a head coach and not have to move more than 100 feet to his new office.
“When I came to McLennan I told my son, I wasn’t going to move him again, because my kids have grown up moving all over the country. They’re almost like military brats.”
Berry who made two trips to the NJCAA World Series with the Baseball program wants to make it a habit for the softball program as well.
“That’s the deal for me,” Berry said. “I want to play in Saint George (The site of the NJCAA Championships) and I want to do it a lot. I don’t want it to be random, that’s going to take work.”