Tom Berry grew up playing and learning the game of soccer in the early stages of the Bloomington soccer scene that is known today as the Cutters Soccer Club. Tom’s understanding of the community and the history of Bloomington soccer make him uniquely suited to assist the club in their pursuit of creating an environment where every player may develop a passion for the game while fulfilling their potential as soccer players and young people. As a youth player, Tom was a member of the Indiana state ODP team and played college soccer at Indiana University.
In 2006 Tom was named the Indiana Youth Soccer Association’s Director of Coaching of the year. He was again a finalist for the award for 2010 and 2011. In the winter and summer, Tom owns and operates the Bloomington United Soccer School (www.busoccer.com) which is an indoor soccer facility that many of the Cutters and surrounding area players utilize for their enjoyment and improvement in the off-season. Tom holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, a USSF National Youth License and the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Why I coach youth soccer: I find that the relationships you build with the players are truly one of the most enjoyable aspects of coaching soccer. It provides me a unique connection to the community that is very enriching and allows me to share the sport that I love. My goals for the club’s players goes beyond just helping them reach the pinnacle of their given abilities. Soccer has much more to give well after their youth soccer days are past that will benefit them immeasurably. Tolerance to adversity, sportsmanship, confidence and creativity are just a few of the characteristics that I feel have been enhanced due to my participation in soccer. I hope the club’s players receive similar benefits and participate in the sport in some manner for a lifetime.