Jason Berry Athletics
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Jason Berry has helped with the Concordia track and field program for many years, working primarily with pole vault.
Jason attended Concordia University from 1989-1994. He was a three-time conference champion and a two-time District 11 champion in the pole vault. He qualified for nationals three times and earned Booster Club Athlete-of-the-Week honors three times during the 1993 season.
From 1995-1998, Jason was an assistant coach at Illinois Wesleyan University. During that time, he helped with the pole vault and decathlon. He coached six NCAA Division III national qualifiers and three D-III All-Americans in the pole vault.
From 1999-2007, Jason was a volunteer assistant coach and meet official at Concordia University. During those years, he helped coach seven NAIA National Champions and dozens of All-Americans and conference champions.
Beginning in 2001, he has been a volunteer pole vault coach at Seward High School. He's coached two state champions, including his youngest son Chase (2017), 14 state medalists and 23 state qualifiers during that time.
Since returning to Concordia in 2008, Berry has helped coach 60 NAIA National Qualifiers, 23 NAIA All-Americans, a national champion, 15 GPAC champions and school record holder Allie Brooks (indoor/outdoor pole vault). Concordia women's pole vaulters went on a run during which they won six conference titles in a row. Lucas Wiechman broke through with a pole vault national title at the 2017 outdoor national championships.
Berry also organizes the Annual 4th of July Street Pole Vault competition that has been a fixture in the City of Seward’s holiday activities since 1991. He has also helped with the Concordia University Pole Vault Camps since 1999.
He lives in Seward with his wife Julie and three sons: Cole, Dalton and Chase.