Coach Berry inducted into second Hall of Fame
Coach David Berry of Blackville-Hilda High School was inducted Dec. 8 into the South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
The ceremony took place in Myrtle Beach.
Berry, who retired in October 2017, has been the head football coach for the Hawks for 25 years and has had 24 consecutive winning seasons at Blackville-Hilda High School. During his tenure the Hawks recorded 257 wins and 97 losses, three state championships (in 1995, 2005 and 2007) and 13 region championships.
In 2014 Berry was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Over his career he was picked to be the head coach for the 2011 North-South game and has served as an assistant coach in the 1999 North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach and in the 2002 Shrine Bowl in Rock Hill.
At the awards banquet Berry said, “I appreciate everything” and thanked his assistant coaches, principal Michael Beasley and board members of Blackville-Hilda School District 19. He also thanked his wife Joan and family for their support.
Primarily, he thanked the players. “Without them, none of us would be here,” he told the coaches assembled for the event. “Our players are extraordinary people with extraordinary talent that makes us successful.”
Since then Berry has been additionally congratulated by the D19 School Board and the Blackville Town Council.
“Coach Berry is a humble man who contributes many hours trying to improve the lives of young men through football, but it does not stop there.” said BHHS principal and Blackville Mayor Michael Beasley. “He has guided many young coaches by molding them into head coaches.”
“Over my years of working with him I can honestly say that he is very passionate, dedicated and committed to Blackville-Hilda. I know he does not like recognition, but he does take pride of the successes of the young people that he has had a privilege of teaching and coaching. Coach Berry is a man of integrity and he is someone you can count on no matter the task,” said Beasley.
“I want to thank him for all that he has done and continues to do for Blackville-Hilda High School. Congratulations to him on all he has achieved and his current achievement of being inducted into the South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame,” Beasley said.
Last weekend Berry was back at Blackville-Hilda High, working in the concession stand for the Hawk Basketball Invitational Tournament and being around those he loves. When asked about the Hall of Fame, he said, “It’s a great honor. It means we have had a lot of good players and a lot of good people supporting them who put forth a lot of effort.”
He said he has been blessed to have the support of the community and to have been in one place for so long.
“You know I’m not from here?” he said. Berry is a native of Travelers Rest and graduate of Charleston Southern University.
But once he moved to Barnwell County, he stayed. “I raised a family here. It’s been a big part of my life.”
Berry and his wife have two sons and four grandchildren.
Now that he has retired, Berry says he is not a ‘world traveler’ but rather he plans “to stay close to home” and “take one day at a time.”
And while he is a member of two athletic Halls of Fame, his real joy is never being too far away from the halls of Blackville-Hilda High or the halls of home. That’s where he is truly famous.