A 1979 graduate and standout athlete at Miami High School, Todd Berry was named two time all-conference, conference player of the year, and an all-state quarterback for the Wardogs, and was a state qualifier in track. He had several offers from well-established programs. With education being his top priority, Berry chose the University of Tulsa where he played quarterback, and graduated from Tulsa in 1983 with a degree in Business Marketing, and immediately pursued coaching as his profession.
He begin his coaching tenure at the University of Tennessee as a graduate assistant and tight ends coach, and from there would coach for over 30 years at the Division I football level, including stints at Tulsa, Oklahoma State, UT-Martin, Mississippi State, SE Missouri State, East Carolina University, University of Miami, and UNLV. Berry has over 10 years of head coaching experience, where he led Illinois State University, Army, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. At Illinois State, Berry took a program that was on the verge of cancellation and brought it back from the brink. After several years of hard work, Berry and the Redbirds achieved what many thought impossible – they made it to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1998 for the first time in program history. They did even better the following year. His efforts in the 1999 season landed Berry AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors. After four seasons at Illinois State, Berry was named head coach of the Army Black Knights. In four seasons with the United States Military Academy, Berry’s players and teams set 25 Academy records. In 2004, Berry was named the offensive coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and in 2005, his offense helped the Warhawks win the Sun Belt Conference championship. He became the head coach of the Warhawks in 2010 and was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2012.
Todd Berry became the fifth executive director of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on March 1, 2016 after being voted into position by the AFCA’s Board of Trustee at the 2016 AFCA Convention in San Antonio. Berry is married to former Lisa Grimes, and have two daughters, Jordan and Ryleigh Jo.