After battling COVID-19, long time Quicy High School coach Tom Berry has passed away.
Berry coached the girls basketball team at QHS for 6 seasons, and also served as an assistant on the boys basketball team for 16 seasons. Coach Berry was also on the prep pitch, where he was also an assistant on the Blue Devils soccer team for multiple seasons.
He met his coaching partner, and life long friend of 35 years, Gary Handrick in 1985 when Handrick joined Quincy High.
Handrick spoke about Berry's legacy on Sunday.
"When it comes right down to it, it's the young ladies and young gentlemen that he's touched in their lives. Not only in sports but also in the classroom and how well rounded of an individual he tried [to] create when he was coaching and teaching. And try to teach, we got our X's and O's that we followed for basketball, but in life we're going to have certain challenges and how are we going to meet these challenges."
Handrick went on to add that even after Berry stopped coaching, it never left him.
"Whenever we got together even after retirement.. We talked basketball, we talked strategy, we talked skill, we talked how the fundamentals are the important part to build any kind of athlete, in any kind of sport that we have."
Handrick and Berry coached together until Berry retired, and to this day they are the only QHS coaches in history to make it to state coaching both the girls and boys Blue Devil basketball teams.
Upon Handrick's passing, QHS Athletic Director Scott Douglas stated, "It's truly just sad because he wasn't just a great coach, but such a great and special person."
Handrick had a couple final words for Berry.
"Tom, thank you for believing in me and trusting me and making me your right hand man that we could endure life's challenge's as we go forward. May the Lord bless you and keep you."