Berry College

Berry College Athletics
2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW Mount Berry, GA 30149
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Lorenzo Canalis

The winningest coach in program history, Canalis’s teams have posted a 314-126-34 record since 1995. He has been coaching on the intercollegiate level for 30+ years and has compiled a 364-160-40 overall record as a women's coach.

In Berry's NCAA Division III era, Canalis has coached 35 All-SAA selections, 109 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees, a 2014 SAA Regular Season Title and a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. He was also named the league's Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

During his NAIA tenure, 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 and 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. Canalis was the St. Andrews’ men’s coach from 1985-90, and he 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 over 35 years, has two children, four grandchildren, three dogs, a cat and five chickens.

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Eric Gentilello

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

Gentilello came to Berry from Marietta, Ga., 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 the Berry women's program, including the training process, recruiting and game coaching.

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