Feb. 18, 2013
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced today the hiring of Marcus Berry as director of player personnel, after serving in the same role at North Carolina for the past four seasons.
"Marcus Berry is an exciting addition to our staff as the director of player personnel," Beckman said. "Marcus has great experience evaluating and analyzing players, which will only help the Fighting Illini football program get better. I've known Marcus for more than 10 years, and he has always had great attention to detail and a keen eye for talent. He did a fantastic job at UNC in the same capacity. Marcus will provide some outstanding assistance in educating our coaching staff and evaluating talent as we continue to move this program forward."
In his position, Berry will help coordinate Illinois' recruiting efforts. He will help arrange and manage on-campus recruiting visits and promote and market the high school coaches' clinic and summer camps.
A native of Cleveland, Berry played football at West Virginia and graduated in 1990 with a degree in sports management. He worked four years for the NBA's Washington Bullets as an account manager in the ticket and sponsorship department. He then worked two years in the insurance and banking industry before joining the coaching staff at Friendly High School in Ft. Washington, Md. Berry served 11 years at Friendly where he also taught history, health and physical education. Friendly won three state championships during his tenure.
Berry completed two NFL player personnel and scouting internships, one with the Green Bay Packers in 2003 and another with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007.