Brad Berry inked for extension until 2025-26 season | The mighty 790 KFGO
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota – University of North Dakota athletic director Bill Chaves announced Wednesday that hockey head coach Brad Berry has received a contract extension through the 2025-26 season.
“Today is a great day for UND and UND hockey as we announce Coach Berry’s contract extension,” Chaves said. “Brad has been a tremendous leader for our program and our student-athletes. Plus, he’s a great teammate to everyone in our department, university, and state. He is nationally respected and looked up to by his peers and others when it comes to developing the game of college hockey. I look forward to the continuation of our partnership.
Berry is currently in his seventh year at the helm of North Dakota’s hockey program and has continued to put his own stamp on a culture already steeped in tradition and success. He guided his alma mater to a 159-74-25 (.664) record in his time, including seven winning seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances (2016, 2017, 2021), a national championship (2016) and one of the best seasons in school history before being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019-20.
“My family and I would like to thank President Armacost, Bill Chaves, the University of North Dakota, Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Engelstad family for giving us the opportunity to continue to ‘add to the tradition’ over the course of these seven seasons,” Berry said. “We are very grateful and blessed to continue to be part of an elite hockey program that has an exceptional culture.”
The Bashaw, Alta., native is a three-time National College Hockey Conference Herb Brooks Coach of the Year recipient (2015, 2020, 2021) and won National Spencer Coach of the Year. Penrose ACHA in 2020. His .664 winning percentage at UND ranks him fourth all-time.
He continued his success sending players to the next level, as a school-record 24 former student-athletes from North Dakota currently play in the NHL, while countless others enjoy success in a host of professional leagues. . Berry has coached back-to-back Hobey Baker finalists, nine All-Americans, 22 all-conference selections and multiple college-athletes.
Perhaps its best work has come during this season, as North Dakota aim for an unprecedented third consecutive Penrose Cup despite welcoming 14 newcomers, the most in a single season since 1973, after eight players from last season’s team signed contracts with the NHL.
Berry himself was a standout defenseman as a player, first at UND where he had 74 points (12 goals, 62 assists) in 112 games from 1983-86 under legendary head coach Gino. Gasparini. Berry also won a gold medal with Canada at the 1985 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship before embarking on an eight-year NHL career that saw him play 241 games.
Berry’s family includes his wife, Suzanne, daughters Brianna and Brooke, and son, Bauer.