Berry College

Mount Berry, GA 30149
Georgia Southeast
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Lorenzo Canalis

Lorenzo Canalis continues to build upon his legacy as one of the top coaches in a school that has enjoyed tremendous success in women's soccer.

Berry went 16-3 and 7-0 in Southern Athletic Association in 2014. The Vikings earned the SAA regular season championship. Canalis was named the SAA Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. It was his second straight year winning the honor. His 2013 team went 16-4 and 6-1 in the SAA.

The winningest coach in school history, Canalis’s teams have posted a 282-101-28 record over 18 seasons. Canalis has been coaching on the intercollegiate level for 30+ years and has compiled a 341-140-34 record overall record as a women's coach.

During his time at Berry, Canalis has won one Georgia Athletic Conference title, six TranSouth Conference titles, and five NAIA Regional Championships. He has also led Berry to seven NAIA National Tournament appearances. In 1997, the Vikings earned a third place finish at the NAIA National Tournament. Canalis has won numerous coaching awards, including Mid-South Region Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998, NAIA Region XIII and NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004, to go with six TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year awards (1996-1999 and 2001-2002). In 2008, the last year of NAIA membership, Canalis’ squad reached the final 16 of the NAIA National Tournament.

Canalis came to Berry after serving as the head women’s soccer coach and director of athletics at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. St. Andrews’ men’s coach from 1985-90, Canalis started the women’s soccer program at the school in 1988, coaching both teams simultaneously until 1990. From 1991-95, he took on duties as the school’s AD, which he held until leaving for Berry in 1995.

Prior to his stint at St. Andrews, Canalis was the head men’s soccer coach at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Canalis has also been active in promoting and teaching women's soccer on many levels. In addition to coordinating youth soccer camps on the Berry campus each summer, he is the Technical Director and a coach at the YMCA Arsenal SC in Rome, Ga., was a coach for the U-18 Georgia Olympic Development team and an NAIA Regional Chair for women's soccer. He is a past president of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches Association.

A native of Torino, Italy, Canalis holds an NSCAA Advanced National Coaching diploma, and he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He earned a master's degree in sport science and management from the United States Sports Academy, and he currently teaches in the physical education department at Berry.

He has been happily married for 37 years, and has two children, four grandchildren, three dogs, a cat, and a five chickens.

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Eric Gentilello

After a stellar playing career for Berry College's men's team, Eric Gentilello joined Lorenzo Canalis' staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2000 season.

Gentilello came to Berry from Marietta, Georgia., where he graduated from Pope High School in 1994. He played soccer at Berry from 1997-1999, capping off his junior and senior seasons by earning a place on the All-TranSouth Athletic Conference team. He was the Berry captain in 1999, playing as a graduate student. In 1998, Gentilello earned his bachelor of science degree in health and physical education, and he earned his master's degree in secondary education in 2001.

Prior to playing for the Vikings, Gentilello played club soccer for United Quest in Marietta, Ga., winning the state championship in 1993 and 1994. He also represented Georgia in the Southeast regional tournament in those same years.

A solid defender with a wealth of college playing experience, Gentilello holds a USSF National "B" coaching license. Gentilello is involved in all phases of Berry women's program, including the training process, recruiting, and game coaching.

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Richard Vardy

One of the most successful coaches in the history of a program known for producing championship-caliber teams, Richard Vardy has been the head men's soccer coach at Berry College since the 2002 season.

Vardy led the 2014 team to a 13-7-1 record, an SAA Tournament title and to the second round of NCAA Championships. Following the season, he was named the SAA's Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Overall, he has a 178-66-17 (.714 win percentage) record leading Berry College.

In 2012, Berry's first season in the new Southern Athletic Association, the team went 14-3-2 and 5-1-1 in conference. The Vikings tied for the regular-season crown and won the inaugural SAA Tournament championship.

Vardy led the Vikings to one of the best records in school history in 2010, guiding Berry to a 15-1-1 overall mark. His team was 12-2-4 in 2009, Berry's first year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.

The previous season, Vardy's team was a goal away from claiming the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament title. The Vikings finished the year 12-7-1 and recorded a 6-2 win over a Bethel (Tenn.) team that won the NAIA National Championship.

Vardy led the 2007 team a sweep of both the SSAC regular season and tournament titles, finishing the year ranked No. 9 in the NAIA National Poll.

In a program that has been referred to as the “Cradle of Coaches,” Vardy is surpassing the results of several former Berry College coaches who have gone on to become some of the top leaders in the sport.

Vardy's teams posted back-to-back semifinal appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and team record victory totals in 2003 and 2004, as Vardy has continually taken the Vikings to heights never before seen.

That’s pretty heavy stuff when you consider Berry has produced coaches who have gone on to lead nationally-known programs such as Bob Warming at Penn State (and formerly Creighton and St. Louis), Bret Simon at Stanford (and formerly Creighton) and Kurt Swanbeck at the United States Military Academy.

In just his third season as a head coach, Vardy led Berry to a 23-4-0 overall record in 2004. The Vikings won the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season crown, as well as the NAIA Region XIII Tournament championship. Vardy was honored as the Coach of the Year in Region XIII and the National Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Regional Coach of the Year.

That came on the heels of a 2003 season in which Vardy guided Berry to a 21-2-1 record, TranSouth Athletic Conference and NAIA Region XI titles and the team’s first appearance in the semifinals of the National Tournament. Vardy’s squad was ranked second in the final NAIA national poll, and its win total was the most in school history until the 2004 team surpassed the mark.

Prior to becoming the Vikings’ head coach, Vardy spent four years as an assistant at Berry under former head coach Kurt Swanbeck.

Vardy played four years of soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina from 1991 to 1995, and he was named an NCAA Division II All-American in 1993. He served as an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne for one season before coming to Berry.

Vardy, a native of York, England, earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lenoir-Rhyne. He holds a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy, and also a USSF "A" coaching license.

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Konrad Jacobs

Konrad Jacobs was named to the full-time coaching staff at Berry prior to the 2003 season, after spending a year as a volunteer assistant. A four-year starter on defense, he graduated from Berry in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology.

Jacobs later earned his masters in education, also from Berry, in 2007. He also holds a USSF "B" license and an NSCAA National diploma.

As an assistant coach, Jacobs was a key contributor in the Vikings’ run to consecutive top-10 national rankings in the final poll, and back-to-back appearances in the NAIA national semifinals in 2003 and 2004.

Not only is Jacobs the team’s lone assistant coach, but also the goalkeeper trainer. Under his tutelage, Berry net-minder Byron Schueneman earned three consecutive honorable mention All-America honors from 2002-04, and Mike Wentzler earned All-American accolades. More recently, Logan Hill earned SAA Honorable Mention honors in 2012.

As a student-athlete, Jacobs earned the honor of co-captain in his senior year. In addition, Jacobs was named an All-American Scholar-Athlete honors as both a junior and a senior.

A native of Mexico, Jacobs and his wife and daughter reside in Rome.

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