College - Michigan State
After spending the previous two NBA campaigns as an advance scout for the Wizards, Bill Berry is in his first season as an assistant coach in Washington in 2006-07. Prior to joining the Wizards, Berry spent the previous four seasons (1999-2003) as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls, for whom he served as defensive coordinator in 2002-03. Before joining the Bulls staff, Berry spent eight years (1991-99) with the Houston Rockets as an assistant coach under Rudy Tomjanovich, and while in Houston, Berry was a part of the coaching staff that led the Rockets to consecutive NBA championships during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.

During his tenure in the NBA, Berry has coached some of the NBA’s all-time greats in Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler and Scottie Pippen. He originally joined the NBA as an assistant coach and scout for the Sacramento Kings on Dick Motta’s staff from 1989-91, but before he joined the NBA ranks, Berry had a successful stint in the collegiate ranks.

He served as the head coach at San Jose State from 1979-89, and made appearances in both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. In his 10 seasons at San Jose State, Berry’s 142 wins marked the second-highest win total for any coach in school history. From 1977-79, Berry served as the top assistant to Jud Heathcote at his alma matter of Michigan State, where during that span, he coached on of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in Magic Johnson, and won an NCAA title in 1979. Berry’s collegiate coaching career also included a stint as an assistant at the University of California-Berkeley from 1972-77.

Berry played basketball at Michigan State University for Forddy Anderson, and earned an undergraduate degree in physical education, as well as a Master’s degree in physical education at MSU in 1969.