A veteran of seven NCAA Tournament appearances throughout her prolific playing and coaching career, Associate Head Coach Amy Berbary is entering her fifth season on the Auburn sidelines as one of head coach Karen Hoppa's assistants. A standout in the SEC as a player and now as an assistant coach, she has helped Auburn win a pair of SEC Western Division Titles (2008, 2010), the program's first SEC Tournament title (2011) and has seen the program advance to four straight NCAA Tournaments.
Following the 2011 season, Berbary, who was the architect for an offense that scored the second-most goals in school history (50) and had the second-most assists in school history (61), was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach following four years as an assistant coach.
The recruiting coordinator for Hoppa, Berbary has helped land some of the top recruiting classes in program history and has helped advance the borders of Auburn's recruiting footprint from primarily the southeast to as far away as California.
Berbary came to Auburn in the spring of 2008 after a four-year run at Dayton and her offensive knowledge paid immediate dividends. In her four seasons at Auburn, the team has scored 160 goals, which is the most in a four-year period since the team scored a school-record 165 goals from 2000-2003, and has also topped the 100-point total in each season, a first since it did it in each of the first five seasons of the program (1993-97).
Berbary's arrival coincided with the arrival of Katy Frierson to the Auburn program and the offensive-minded midfielder took to the lessons taught by Berbary, earning First Team All-SEC honors four times, only the fifth player in league history to garner that recognition.
The 2010 season resulted in a SEC West Championship and a NCAA Tournament berth as the offense tallied 109 points on 34 goals and 41 assists. At the conclusion of the season, Frierson was a First Team All-SEC selection, a NSCAA All-America and a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy, the first in Auburn history.
The results in 2009 produced a Second Team All-SEC selection in forward Rebecca Howell, who led the team with eight goals, and a First Team choice for Frierson, who led the team with 20 points. Three of Auburn's forwards finished the season with double-digit points as senior Caitlin King had 17 and freshman Mary Coffed had 10 to go along with Howell's 17 points.
In 2008 Berbary help guide the team to its most goals (41), assists (53) and total points (135) since the 2002 SEC Championship team scored 46 goals and 144 points and the 2000 team collected a school-record 68 assists. Two of Auburn's forwards, Kara Kasten and Stephanie Fransoso, collected career-highs in goals under Berbary's tuteledge as the team finished the year third in the SEC in goals scored and points.
After joining the staff at Auburn, Berbary immediately immersed herself in the Alabama Olympic Development program, coaching six players in the 2008 Dana Cup in Hjorring, Denmark, a position Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa had taken on in 2007. She has also served as an Ohio South ODP State coach for three years, coaching the 91 and 92 Ohio South Team in England in March of 2008. Berbary was a member of the Region II and Region III ODP region staffs in the summer of 2010 and continues to play a major role in the Alabama state ODP program.
Berbary joined Mike Tuckers's Dayton staff for the 2004 season and helped the Flyers to a four-year winning percentage of .691 and a NCAA Tournament appearance in her first season. She coached two Atlantic-10 Offensive Players of the Year in Reba Sedlacek (2004) and Mandi Bäck (2007) and seven All-Conference First Team selections. After taking over the role of recruiting coordinator, which she also handles at Auburn, she landed four A-10 All-Rookie selections and all of her recruiting classes were ranked both regionally and nationally.
Prior to her four years at Dayton, Berbary was the head coach at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga., for two seasons, guiding her teams to back-to-back regional championships and a 19-0-0 regional record. Her teams finished 14-4-1 and 13-5-1, respectively, and she was twice named the Region 7AAA Coach of the Year as well as the 2004 Women's Soccer Coach of the Year by the Gainesville Times.
As a student-athlete at Georgia, Berbary finished her career third on UGA's all-time goal scoring list (26) and points (58), leading the team in scoring for three straight seasons. A forward, she helped Georgia to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and the Second Round in 2001, graduating with a degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Education in 2002.
Originally from Alpharetta, Ga., where she played for the Tophat Club program, Berbary has also served as the assistant varsity coach at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Ga. She is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a USSF "B" License.