Feb. 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced on Wednesday that Amy Berbary will be named head coach of the women's soccer program, effective Feb. 8. Berbary becomes the third head coach in IU women's soccer history and comes to IU from Auburn, where she spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach and was the associate head coach during the 2012 season.
"We are thrilled to have recruited a coach of Amy's caliber to lead our women's soccer program," Glass said. "She has been successful on the biggest stage as both a player and a coach, is committed to an exciting and effective style of play, is a proven recruiter with strong Midwest ties and has the drive and passion to move Indiana University Women's Soccer to one of the best programs in the Big Ten."
In addition to being named associate head coach following the 2011 season, Berbary was also the recruiting coordinator at Auburn and responsible for the offensive attack on the field and helped the Tigers to five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. She was recently named the 2012 South Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Indiana women's soccer program and to add to the outstanding tradition at such a wonderful university," said Berbary. "I am grateful for the confidence that Fred Glass, (Associate AD/SWA) Julie Cromer and (Associate AD for Academic Services/Sport Administrator) Kelly Noonan have shown in me to lead this program moving forward. My experience with successful programs has shown me the hard work and commitment it takes to be the kind of leader a high-caliber team needs. My goal as head coach is to help each and every person associated with the program maximize their potential."
During her tenure at Auburn, Berbary helped guide the Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012 while earning the program's first-ever seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. That came on the heels of winning the 2011 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament and the Tigers made another appearance in the conference tournament title game in 2012. The Tigers claimed the SEC West Division crown in 2008 and 2011 as well. Auburn has also placed at least one player on the First Team All-SEC in each of the five years that Berbary has been there.
"I would like to thank Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs, Senior Associate AD/SWA Meredith Jenkins and head soccer coach Karen Hoppa for helping me to grow as a person and a coach to prepare me for this opportunity," Berbary said. "Their guidance during my time at Auburn has been invaluable and I sincerely appreciate all they have done to help me in furthering my career."
The 2011 season was a historic one for the Auburn offense under the leadership of Berbary, as the Tigers tallied 50 goals and 61 assists, both ranking as the second-most in a single season in school history. In her five years, Auburn has averaged 39 goals scored per season. She coached Katy Frierson to First Team All-SEC honors, NSCAA All-Amerian accolades and she was a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy.
Berbary came to Auburn after four years as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, where the Flyers had a .691 winning percentage during her time. She coached a pair of Atlantic-10 Offensive Players of the Year and seven first team all-conference selections. As the recruiting coordinator at Dayton, all of her recruiting classes were regionally and nationally ranked and four times the Flyers had players land on the All-Rookie Team for A-10.
Before Dayton, Berbary was the head coach at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Fla., where she led the team to back-to-back regional championships and a 19-0-0 regional record. She was named the Region 7AAA Coach of the Year twice and the 2004 Women's Soccer Coach of the Year by the Gainesville Times.
She also served as a staff coach with the U.S. Olympic Development Program from 2005-11. She was an assistant coach for Ohio South `91, `90 and `88 girls (2005-07), the head coach for Ohio South `93 Girls in 2008, a Region II Staff Coach (2008-09) and a Region III Staff Coach (2009-11)
While earning her degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Education from the University of Georgia in 2002, Berbary was a standout on the field for the Bulldogs. She closed her career in third place on the career goals scored list as well as the career points list. She led the team in scoring three straight years and propelled UGA to the Sweet 16 in 1998 and the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001.
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., she played for the Tophat Club program and was an assistant varsity coach at Oconee High School in Watkinsville, Ga. Berbary is also a member of the NSCAA and holds a USSF "B" License.