Rueben Berry

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Rueben Berry (died March 1998) was a Canadian Football League coach who served as the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1983 to 1984.

A graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, Berry's coaching career began as an assistant at Fort Scott Community Junior College in Fort Scott, Kansas.[1] In 1964 he moved to Sterling College, where he remained until March 1966 when he accepted the head coaching job at Fort Scott Community Junior College. Berry's tenure as FSCJC's head coached ended before he coached a single game when three months later he resigned to join the coaching staff at Southwest Missouri State.[2]

From 1969 to 1970, Berry was the head coach at Missouri Southern State University, where he had an overall record of 4–15–1.[3] After leaving MSSU, Berry served as the head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and as the defensive line coach for the BC Lions.

On August 21, 1983, Berry replaced Joe Faragalli as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders after a 1–5 start.[4] The Roughriders finished last in the West Division in each of Berry's two seasons as head coach and on November 8, 1984 Berry was fired by the Roughriders.[5]

Berry's son, Todd Berry, is the current executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.

Rueben Berry died of cancer in March 1998.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Sterling Warriors (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1964–1965)
1964 Sterling 1–8
1965 Sterling 3–6
Sterling: 4–14
Missouri Southern Lions (Independent) (1969–1970)
1969 Missouri Southern 2–8
1970 Missouri Southern 2–7–1
Missouri Southern: 4–15–1
Total: 8–29–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

Professional[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SSK 1983 4 6 0 .400 5th in West - - - -
SSK 1984 6 9 1 .406 4th in West - - - -
SSK Total 10 15 1 .404 - - - -
CFL Total 10 15 1 .404 - - - -
Total 10 15 1 .404 - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Media Guide" (PDF). Sterling Warriors. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Berry Resigns Here: Goes to Springfield". The Fort Scott Tribune. June 15, 1966. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Missouri Southern State University Football Media Guide" (PDF). Missouri Southern State University. 
  4. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Comings and Goings". The New York Times. August 21, 1983. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Roughriders give Berry, Herrera axe". The Montreal Gazette. November 9, 1984. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  6. ^ Ziehm, Len (October 6, 1998). "Illinois State is facing one oddity after another". Chicago Sun-Times. 

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