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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Berry men’s coach steps down after title season

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Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers is resigning after five seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Berry College. (Contributed by Berry Athletics)

Less than two weeks after steering the Berry College men’s basketball team to its first-ever Southern Athletic Association title, head coach Jeff Rogers is resigning.

Berry Athletics Director Todd Brooks announced Thursday that Rogers, who has served as the Vikings’ head coach since April of 2013, is stepping down effective April 30.

“I greatly appreciate the time and effort that coach Rogers has dedicated to our men’s basketball program over the past five years,” Brooks said in a release. “I wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavor.”

Berry finished the regular season in last place in the SAA and entered the conference tournament as the No. 8 seed. The Vikings then shocked Division III by winning three straight games and capturing the SAA title.

As the conference’s automatic bid to the national tournament, Berry fell to Emory in the opening round and finished 11-18 for the year.

“I am extremely proud of the young men that I have been fortunate to coach and the way they represented Berry College in the program’s first ever SAA conference championship and appearance in the NCAA tournament,” Rogers said in a release. “More importantly I am proud of their character and who they are as young men.”

No reason for Rogers’ resignation was given by the school’s athletic department. In five seasons under Rogers, Berry has gone 43-91 with this past season being its most successful since 2010-11. During his time at Berry, Rogers has coached 13 All-Conference selections and 16 SAA Academic Honor Roll Honorees.

Thursday’s announcement stated a national search to fill the position will begin immediately.