Entering his sixth season as the Coastal Carolina University assistant track and field coach, Berry Shumpert works with the men's and women's sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and multi-events.
Shumpert helped the Coastal women's track and field team capture their fifth Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field title in 2011, as 11 of his athletes were named all-conference members. Kierra Gabe captured the gold medal in the Eastern Section of the women's high jump at the Penn Relays after breaking the school record in the event with a mark of 5'9.25" (1.76m). Gabe tied for 18th in the high jump at the NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers with a mark of 5'8.75" (1.75m). Also, taking part in the NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers was the 4x100 meter relay team and Erika Peake. The 4x100 meter relay team, which consisted of Ashley Davis, Darriale Henley, Peake and Melekia Simpson, took 15th place following a time of 45.10. Peake finished in 18th place in the 200 meters with a time of 24.07.
The 2011 Coastal men's track and field team had a strong showing at the Big South Conference Championship as they took second place. Cory Jameson, as well as the Coastal men's 4x100 meter relay team advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers. Jameson finished 25th in the 100 meters following a time of 40.27. The 4x100 meter relay team which consisted of Jameson, Chris Lawson, Tyler Askew and Lenny Steed qualifed for the event after finishing with a time of 40.27 at the Seminole Invitational.
During 2009, the Shumpert led group achieved a plethora of program milestones. During the New Balance Indoor Track and Field Championships, Coastal women swept every sprint and hurdle event for the second consecutive year. The Chanticleers claimed individual titles in the 60 meters (Darriale Henley), 200 meters (Ikeiylah Brown), 400 meters (Amber White) and the 60 meter hurdles (LeAuna Sistrunk). Shumpert also led senior, LeAuna Sistrunk, to an all-time Big South Conference record and a National qualifying mark of 8.33 in the 60 meter hurdles. While senior, Amber White, also attained the bench mark of establishing a new Big South Conference Indoor meet record in the 400m. All told, Shumpert's event group amassed 110 of the 176 points scored by the Chanticleers at the 2009 Big South Indoor Championship.
The 2009 outdoor track and field campaign was highlighted by two of Shumpert's athletes earning births to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship held in Eugene, Oregon. Jay Watson, who qualified by achieving a PB of 2.22m (7'3.25"), competed in the High Jump, while Ikeiylah Brown competed in the 200m, based on her qualifying effort of 23.42 at the Big South Championship meet. Brown also established a Big South Conference record in the 100m (11.59) and was a part of record setting performances in the 4x100m Relay (45.28) and the 4x400m Relay (3:40.60). Shumpert's group also took home Conference titles in the 100m-dash (Corey Jamison), 110m-hurdles (Jack Hutchison), 100m-hurdles (LeAuna Sistrunk), Triple Jump (LeAuna Sistrunk). Shumpert's group garnered eleven NCAA Regional Championship qualifiers, 8 Individual Big South titles and 16 All-Conference selections.
In 2008, Shumpert's event group performances set new standards for Coastal Carolina Track and Field and the Big South Conference overall. Shumpert coached a total of 12 Big South Champions and established six new school record and three Big South all-time best performances. The Chanticleers swept the sprint events at the New Balance Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships, claiming champions in the 60-meter dash (Ikeiylah Brown), 200 meters (Shanta Johnson), 400 meters (Vondeeshia Humphries) and the 60-meter hurdles (LeAuna Sistrunk). Also at the conference's indoor championships, Shumpert's athletes accounted for 13 of Coastal Carolina's 21 All-Conference selections. For his efforts during the indoor season, Shumpert was voted the Southeast Region Coach of the Year, marking the third time he has earned such an award from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association. Also during the 2008 campaign, Shumpert coached Jacques Watson to All-Region honors. Watson became the first Coastal Carolina athlete to qualify for the NCAA National Championship in the high jump with a leap of 2.16m (7'1"), establishing a new school and Big South conference record. Shumpert's event group also produced NCAA Regional qualifiers in the pole vault (Claire Young), 110m hurdles (Ben Wheeler), long jump (Keith Graham), 100m hurdles ( LeAuna Sistrunk) and 400m (Vondeeshia Humphries).
In 2007, Shumpert's athletes broke 17 program records and five Big South records. Shumpert coached Jerome Simpson, who set a new Coastal record in the long jump, earned All-Region honors and became the first Chanticleer to qualify for the NCAA National Championships in the long jump. Under Shumpert's guidance, Ikeiylah Brown and Shanta Johnson both qualified for the United States Track and Field Junior Nationals. Shumpert also coached multiple athletes to NCAA Regional qualifying status in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay and the triple jump.
Shumpert returned to Coastal after spending two years as an assistant track and field coach at the University of Miami, where he coached, Tabia Charles, the 2006 NCAA National Champion in the Triple Jump. He also trained and developed 12 All-Americans, six Atlantic Coast Conference champions and 18 national qualifiers. He was named the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year for women's jumps/combined events in each of his two seasons with the Hurricanes.
Prior to Miami, he spent three years at the University of Tennessee as a volunteer assistant track and field coach while he earned his master's degree in sport management. Shumpert assisted one NCAA Champion, 13 All-Americans and nine All-Southeastern Conference performers. Shumpert also helped coach Tianna Madison, who was the 2005 World Champion in the long jump. He also worked in the Office of Academic Enrichment Programs as an education counselor, advising low-income, first-generation college-bound students.
Shumpert had his first two stints at Coastal Carolina from 1997-99 and then 2000-01, where he worked with the same groups he will be coaching again. During that time, he helped the program set 20 new school records, had 35 All-Big South performers, 10 Big South Conference title holders and three Big South records.
In between his times at Coastal, he was an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Big South-rival Radford during the 1999-2000 season. He assisted in all phases of the program, while also producing four Big South champions, six All-Big South performers and 14 new school records. He also coached at two different high schools in Alabama, producing state champions in 1994 at Blount High School in Mobile and 1996 at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville.
Shumpert, who has his USATF Level II Coaching Certification in the jumps, earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Alabama A&M University in 1993. He was a member of the track and field team, competing in the sprints and jumps. He received All-Conference honors in the long jump and triple jump.
A native of Mobile, Ala., he is married to Dr. Melinda Shumpert and they have two daughters, Naomi and Mikayla