Nate Masters
Nate Masters
Title: Defensive Coordinator
Phone: (706) 368-6377
Previous College: LaGrange College (09)

Nate Masters was named Berry's defensive backs coach in July, 2012 and added the defensive coordinator role at the start of the 2014 season.

Masters' defense has become one of the most dominant in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) over the past four seasons. Behind Masters, the Vikings defense ranked second in the league for points and yards allowed per game in 2018, while leading the league in rushing yards allowed per contest.

In 2017, his team held opponents to a mere 296.6 yards allowed per game, including only 74.2 rushing yards allowed. In 2016, his squad was ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III for rushing yards allowed per game (66.6) and placed the first Viking on the All-American list in Mamadou Soumahoro who led the nation with 15 solo sacks. He was also named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year. Master's squad also led the league in points per game (20.2), fumble recoveries (12), sacks (32) and defensive touchdowns (2). This is following up a 2015 season that also saw the Berry defense lead the league in five categories. 

Masters was an All-Conference defensive back as a student-athlete at LaGrange College where he served with Berry head coach Tony Kunczewski from 2009-11. Masters also serves as the strength and conditioning coach for Berry's athletics department.

Masters spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as LaGrange's running backs coach and was also in charge of the Panthers' kickoff unit and assisted with special teams. As a student-athlete, Masters earned All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 2008. He was a captain and three-year starter for the Panthers, transferring to LaGrange from Maryville College in 2005 and took part in the inaugural season of LaGrange football in 2006.

Along with his individual accolades, Masters helped LaGrange put together a 9-2 overall record en route to a SLIAC title and an appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs. It marked the third fastest trip to national playoffs in NCAA Division III history. That season, Masters was an integral part of a defensive unit that ranked fifth in the nation in pass defense, sixth in tackles for loss, 15th in quarterback sacks and 18th in total defense.

Masters earned a bachelor's degree in history in 2009 and a master's degree in teaching in 2012, both from LaGrange College. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Masters and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Rome with their two sons Myles and Eli.