Assistant women’s basketball coach Kourtnie Berry ’12 has been named a 2021 Diversity in Business honoree by the Orlando Business Journal. The awards seek to recognize “leaders and changemakers in Central Florida business and the community at large.”
After graduating with a degree in education in 2012, Berry returned to Rollins in 2014 to coach basketball. From her time as a student when she served as captain of the women’s basketball team for two years to her tenure as a coach, Berry has been a mentor and changemaker in the lives of countless student-athletes. She prides herself on holistic student development—from the recruitment process to building impactful community partnerships to ensuring that each student she mentors is poised for success upon graduation. She serves as a co-advisor for the Rollins Student-Athlete Leadership Council and as a Title IX liaison for Athletics at Rollins.
Beyond the athletics department, Berry’s advocacy extends to the many leadership positions she holds within the College. As a member of Rollins’ Diversity Council and as a Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Berry seeks to foster a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive of all administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
In 2020, Berry was named the South Regional Director of Coaches 4 Change (C4C), an organization providing a platform that engages, empowers, and educates young voters on issues of social injustice, systemic racism, and the power of voting. Inspired by her involvement with C4C, Berry founded Athletes 4 Change (A4C) at Rollins and has served as the organization’s co-advisor since last year. A4C allows athletes from Rollins’ varsity athletic teams to assemble and discuss social justice issues to advocate for change.
“Kourtnie Berry is a perfect choice for the ‘outstanding diversity champion’ award,” says Rollins Director of Athletics Pennie Parker. “She has worked with the student-athletes at Rollins to empower them to use their voice. She has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus and across the NCAA landscape. She is passionate and demonstrates care for those around her. I am proud to work with Kourtnie and cannot think of a more deserving person.”