Brian Farrer enters his ninth season as head golf coach at Berry College in 2011-12.
Before Berry left the NAIA following the 2009-10 academic/athletic year, the Vikings had never fallen out the NAIA’s top 25 during Farrer’s tenure.
In 2010, Farrer led both the men's and women's teams to the SSAC Championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. The men's team placed fifth at the National Tournament, while the men were sixth. Men's All-American Samuel del Val was the SSAC Individual Champion and also placed on the NAIA All-Tournament team.
In his first year, Farrer led the Vikings to a ninth-place finish in the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Farrer spent a year as Scott Pierce's assistant with the Vikings, working with a team that placed second in the NAIA. In that role, Farrer helped lead the Vikings to their second straight national runner-up finish.
The Vikings are a tradition-rich program, having won the national title in 1998. The Berry men's golf team has also placed runner-up at the NAIA National Tournament on five other occasions. Women's golf has also been a varsity sport at Berry since 2001. Farrer coached Nicole Wildes to an individual National Championship during the 2004 season. Wildes was the first Berry golfer to win an invidual national championship with a record setting performance in the 2004 NAIA National Tournament and finished her career as a four-time All-American. An All-American himself, Farrer has coached 10 NAIA All-American Athletes at Berry, including all four of the women's NAIA All-Americans. During that itme the team has collected a total 19 All-American Awards and 11 NAIA national academic awards.
A Berry graduate, Farrer earned a bachelor of science degree in
business in 2002. He also completed a successful playing career,
leading the Vikings to their sixth consecutive TranSouth Conference
title and a second-place finish at the NAIA National Tournament in
After transferring to Berry from Gainesville College in 1998,
Farrer became one of the most consistent and skilled players for
the Vikings. In 2002, his best performances were a fourth-place
individual finish at the TranSouth Conference Championships and a
seventh-place finish at the Berry Invitational. In the 2001 season,
he was a top-ten individual finisher in four
tournaments, including a fifth-place finish at the TranSouth Conference Championships. As a sophomore, he earned All-American honors by placing fourth overall with a four-under-par 284 at the NAIA National Championships. He made four All-Tournament teams that year, including the TranSouth Conference Tournament, where he placed second overall. Farrer was the low medalist at the Pine Needles Invitational Tournament to open the 2000 spring season.
A native of Gainesville, Farrer graduated from North Hall High School in 1997. While at Berry, he not only was an office assistant for the golf program, he was also an active member in the Viking ABC program, the athletic service club started at Berry in 2000. He currently resides in Rome with his wife, Penny Farrer, who is also a Berry graduate, holding both an undergraduate and master's degree from Berry. The couple has two daughters, Alexis and Riley.