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Rich Duncan
Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Rich Duncan, the former head football coach at Aurora University in Illinois, was named offensive coordinator at Berry College in July 2012.

In his Berry career, Duncan has helped the Vikings to consistent offensive improvement culminating in a Southern Athletic Association title in 2016, the program's best offensive season on record. He has coached multiple players to All-Conference honors and several to the top of the SAA statistical leaderboards including Trey Ciresi who was No. 3 in the league in receiving yards per game (97.5) and touchdowns (11) in 2016.

Prior to Berry, Duncan was the head coach at Aurora from 2005-11, leading the Spartans to the NCAA Division III national playoffs in 2008. That season, Duncan was named the Northern Athletics Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Aurora to a 9-2 overall record, including an undefeated mark in conference play. He owns a 38-33 career record as a head coach.

Duncan, who spent the spring of 2012 as the offensive line coach at the University of St. Francis (Ill.), coached 80 All-Conference players during his tenure at Aurora, including 15 who went on to become All-Region selections and five who became All-Americans. Four Spartans earned academic All-Region honors while being coached by Duncan.

He came to Aurora after spending four seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Loras College, where he coached seven All-Conference linemen.

Duncan served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1997 and 1998, before moving to the other side of the ball as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach the following two seasons. He coached a total of 12 All-Conference players at UWP, including seven on the offensive side of the ball. Duncan was also the head baseball coach at Wisconsin-Platteville.

Prior to his stint at UWP, Duncan was the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator, as well as an assistant athletics director, at Capital University from 1995-97 and the offensive line coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 1992-95.

He began his coaching career as an intern at Manchester College in 1991, where he served as the team's offensive line coach and was also an assistant baseball coach.

Duncan earned a bachelor's degree from Bethany College in 1990 and a master's degree from Loras College in 2006.

Duncan is the father of two children: Molly (17C) and Jake.

Nate Masters
Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Nate Masters was named Berry's defensive backs coach in July, 2012 and added the defensive coordinator role for the 2014 season.

Masters' defense has become one of the most dominant in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) over the past two seasons. In 2016, his squad was ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III for rushing yards allowed per game (66.6) and placed the first Viking on the All-American list in Mamadou Soumahoro who led the nation with 15 solo sacks. He was also named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year. Master's squad also led the league in points per game (20.2), fumble recoveries (12), sacks (32) and defensive touchdowns (2). This is following up a 2015 season that also saw the Berry defense lead the league in five categories.

Masters was an All-Conference defensive back as a student-athlete at LaGrange College where he served with Berry head coach Tony Kunczewski from 2009-11. Masters also serves as the strength and conditioning coach for Berry's athletics department.

Masters spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as LaGrange's running backs coach and was also in charge of the Panthers' kickoff unit and assisted with special teams. As a student-athlete, Masters earned All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 2008. He was a captain and three-year starter for the Panthers, transferring to LaGrange from Maryville College in 2005 and took part in the inaugural season of LaGrange football in 2006.

Along with his individual accolades, Masters helped LaGrange put together a 9-2 overall record en route to a SLIAC title and an appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs. It marked the third fastest trip to national playoffs in NCAA Division III history. That season, Masters was an integral part of a defensive unit that ranked fifth in the nation in pass defense, sixth in tackles for loss, 15th in quarterback sacks and 18th in total defense.

Masters earned a bachelor's degree in history in 2009 and a master's degree in teaching in 2012, both from LaGrange College. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Masters and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Rome and just welcomed their first son, Myles David Masters.

Tyson Beacham
Assistant Coach/Quarterbacks

Tyson Beacham was hired as the quarterbacks coach at Berry College in April, 2014.

Under Beacham, Berry's quarterbacks have consistently ranked among the best in the Southern Athletic Association. In 2016, Slade Dale rushed for a program-record 660 yards and helped the Vikings to their first ever conference title. Dale Jackson (17C) was an SAA Honorable Mention and the No. 2 passing threat in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in 2014, tossing for 2,083 yards and 20 TDs. Jackson continued his success into 2015, where he was a top five passing threat and helped the Vikings to a 7-3 record.

Beacham was a member of the Birmingham-Southern College football team from 2009 until 2013. He started one game as quarterback during the 2012 season, when the Panthers won the first-ever SAA Conference Championship. As a senior, Beacham started all nine games at quarterback and was voted a permanent team captain by his teammates for the 2013 season. At the end of the year, he received the Racehorse Award (offensive MVP) from the coaching staff.

Off the field, he was a member of the SAA Academic Honor Roll in 2012. Beacham earned a bachelor's degree in educational services from BSC.

Beacham is from Athens, Ga. where he attended Athens Christian School.

Zack Smith
Assistant Coach/Defensive Line

Zackry Smith was hired as an assistant football coach at Berry College in March, 2015.

Smith's defensive line was among the top fronts in NCAA Division III in 2016, ranking No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (66.6). He also coached Mamadou Soumahoro to All-America honors (the first in program history) and an SAA Defensive Player of the Year honor. Berry also led the SAA with 32 sacks and 12 fumble recoveries. In his first year with the Vikings, Smith's defensive line helped Berry lead the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in sacks (27), rushing yards per game (116.9) and interceptions (15). He also coached three All-SAA defensive lineman including Soumahoro.

Smith spent eight years as a part of the Shorter University football program as a player, a graduate assistant coach and as an assistant coach.

A native of Newnan, Ga., Smith coached the defensive line at Shorter for two years after serving as the Hawks' outside linebackers coach for during 2010 and 2011.

Smith began his college playing career at Presbyterian College from 2002-04, where he was a two-year starter and was named the Defensive Freshman of the Year.

In 2006, Smith transferred to Shorter, but saw his time on the field come to an end due to injury. He then transitioned to coaching as a student assistant while completing his bachelor's degree in public relations. Smith served as a student assistant coach along the defensive line, and later completed his master's degree while a graduate assistant coach.

He lives in Rome with his wife, Bethany Jo Smith, and his son Zackry O'Neal Smith II.

Colin Duling
Assistant Coach/Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator

Duling was named the Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Berry in July of 2017. In addition to his football responsibilities, Duling also assists with Berry's track and field programs.

The Clinton, Ill., native joins the Vikings from Division I Northern Illinois University where he served as the Offensive Graduate Assistant for quarterbacks and Offensive Quality Control Specialist for wideouts. While at Northern Illinois, he coached several players to All-Conference honors including Kenny Golladay who was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions and Tommylee Lewis who inked a free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints. In 2015, Duling helped the Huskies to a MAC West Division Title and an appearance in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Prior to Northern Illinois, Duling was an Offensive Graduate Assistant at Southwest Minnesota State University where he received his Master's of Physical Education in Coaching. He helped the 2013 squad to a top five offense and a bowl appearance.

Duling completed his undergraduate degree at Illinois College where he had a strong career as a wide receiver. He compiled over 100 receptions for better than 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. He helped his team to the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2011 for the first time in program history and was a member of the winningest class in school history upon graduation. Duling was also a three-time Midwest Conference All-Academic team selection.

Kreg Keiffer
Assistant Coach/H-Backs

Keiffer was named Berry’s H-Backs coach heading into the 2017 season.

A native of Cullman, Ala., Keiffer was a four-year starter for the Vikings and helped the team to a conference title in 2016. He collected 132 total tackles (top five in program history) during his career including 17 for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Keiffer was also the very first Berry football recruit in the program’s history.

He graduated from Berry with a degree in history and education.

Alex Kops
Assistant Coach/Safeties

Alex Kops was named Safeties Coach at Berry heading into the 2016 season.

A native of Woodstock, Ga., Kops had a solid career as a football student-athlete at fellow Southern Athletic Association (SAA) member Sewanee: The University of the South. He served as a captain on the team in his senior year and was a three-time All-SAA selection.

Kops led the Tigers in tackling during his sophomore and junior seasons en route to 212 career tackles and 14 tackles for loss playing at defensive back.

Kops graduated from Sewanee with a bachelor of arts in international global studies, and also served as the marketing intern at Digital Media Solutions in Clearwater, Fla.

Devante Jones
Assistant Coach/Running Backs

Devante Jones was named Running Backs Coach for Berry heading into the 2016 season.

A native of Cairo, Ga., Jones brings a solid rushing career and Southern Athletic Association (SAA) knowledge to the Vikings. Jones graduated from fellow SAA member Sewanee: The University of the South in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, and he also served as a captain on the Tigers' football team.

During his junior and senior years, Jones was the top running back for the Tigers where he racked up 1,487 career rushing yards and 11 TDs. Jones earned an All-SAA selection in 2014 and also served as a personal trainer at Sewanee, where he assisted clients on strength and conditioning, including members of the football team.