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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Richard Vardy

Richard Vardy was named the head coach of Berry's men's soccer program in 2002. Since then, he has compiled a record of 223-102-25 to become one of the most decorated coaches in program history.

In Berry's NCAA Division III era, Vardy has coached 40 All-SAA selections, 69 SAA Academic Honor Roll selections, a CoSIDA Academic All-American and earned a conference championship in 2014 & 2012.

The 2014 squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Vardy was also named the league's Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons (also in 2012).

In Berry's NAIA era, Vardy led the Vikings to one of the best records in school history in 2010, guiding Berry to a 15-1-1 overall mark. He also led the 2007 team to a sweep of both the SSAC regular season and tournament titles, finishing the year ranked No. 9 in the NAIA National Poll.

Vardy's teams also posted back-to-back semifinal appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and team record victory totals in 2003 and 2004.

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 tenure, 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, and junior goalkeeper Carson Oakes earned All-SAA Honorable Mention honors following the 2017 campaign as well.

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 as both a junior and a senior.

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

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