Longtime National Hockey League defenseman and coach Brad Berry is in his eighth year on the North Dakota staff and is responsible for the coaching and development of the team's defensemen. He also coaches UND’s power play.
Berry returned to Grand Forks prior to the 2012-13 season for his second stint at his alma mater. He had previously served as the program's associate head coach from 2004-06 and assistant coach from 2000-04. He was also a defenseman at UND from 1983-86.
In his first season back, Berry mentored a defensive unit that was one of the nation’s best down the stretch. Over the final two months of the season, UND allowed a WCHA-low 2.00 goals per game during league play.
During his first stint at UND, eight of Berry’s defensemen went on to play in the National Hockey League, including 2012 Stanley Cup champion and Los Angeles assistant captain Matt Greene. Following the 2012-13 campaign, three more of Berry’s pupils moved on to their professional organizations: Derek Forbort (L.A.), Joe Gleason (Chicago) and Andrew MacWilliam (Toronto).
Before returning to UND, Berry spent two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant coach with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. While with the Blue Jackets, Berry coached the team's defensemen and managed both the power-play and penalty kill. He was also responsible for individual and group video breakdown and analysis, as well as pre-scout game plans.
Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Berry created The Hockey Academy in Grand Forks, which focuses on developing and training youth hockey players within Grand Forks and surrounding areas. During this time (2008-10), he doubled as a part-time scout with the NHL's Vancouver Canucks.
Berry was an assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose from 2006-08 and helped lead the franchise to a playoff appearance in each of his two years, including a North Division title in 2006-07.
Before embarking on his professional coaching career, Berry spent six seasons on the UND coaching staff (2000-06), including his last two as associate head coach under Hakstol. While overseeing the team's defensemen and penalty kill, Berry helped guide UND to NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 2001, 2005 and 2006, Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular season titles in 2001 and 2004 and a WCHA playoff championship in 2006.
Berry was a standout defenseman at UND from 1983-86, collecting 74 points (12 goals, 62 assists) in 112 collegiate games. He also represented Canada at the 1985 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Hockey Championship.
A second-round draft pick (29th overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in 1983, Berry went on to play in 241 NHL games over eight years, including stints with Winnipeg, Minnesota and Dallas. His professional playing career also included stops in the Swedish Elite League and the International Hockey League. While with the IHL's Michigan K-Wings, Berry was a three-time IHL All-Star and was named the K-Wings' Defenseman of the Year three times.
After his playing career ended, Berry was a professional scout with the 1999-00 Dallas Stars team that won the Stanley Cup.
A native of Bashaw, Alberta, Berry's family includes his wife, Suzanne, daughters, Brianna and Brooke, and son, Bauer.