Rick Berg comes to College Baseball Advisors with a variety of baseball experience as both a player, coach and parent. Rick graduated from Missouri Southern State University and holds the NAIA career record for walks. He was awarded the E.O. and Virginia Humphrey Award as the Outstanding Athlete for his senior year in 1987. Rick also participated in 2 consecutive NAIA World Series in Lewiston, ID in 1986-1987. While at MSSU Rick had a career OBP of .549 along with 549 assists as a shortstop, both ranking 2nd in MSSU history.
Rick signed as an undrafted free agent in 1987 with the Atlanta Braves where he served as the Rookie level Pulaski Braves primary pinch hitter while also playing C, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF as a late inning replacement. His playing career ended after the 1988 season with the Burlington Braves (Midwest League), but continued as a coach from 1989-91 with AAA Richmond Braves. In 1992 Rick was assigned to West Palm Beach, FL as the Braves Minor League Spring Training coordinator and Extended Spring/Gulf Coast League/Instructional League administrative liaison to the Atlanta Braves. This was a position he held until 1994 when he decided to leave the Braves and help raise his children.
In 1997 Rick turned his focus to amateur coaching working with his oldest son and had continued until 2015 when his youngest son was entering high school. He has helped contribute to the development of a number of amateur players that have gone on to play collegiately. Having been through the recruiting process recently, Rick has plenty to offer as not only a parent who has recently gone through the recruiting process, but also as a coach both professionally and as an amateur.
Rick and his wife Bonnie live in Granger, IN. They have 4 children: Ricky who played baseball at the Junior College level (married to Shelby), daughter Kylie (married to Bobby), daughter Shayna who was a cheerleader at the NAIA Level, and Hayden who is a current NCAA Division I baseball player.