Aug. 5, 2004

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - Berry College has named former Irish Basketball Association and Jacksonville University star Kat Sungy as an assistant women's basketball coach, head coach Jim Izard announced today. Sungy, 23, spent the 2003-04 season playing professionally for theDublin-basedTolka Rovers of the IBA, averaging 13 points per game. Along with her playing duties in Dublin, Sungy also served as the director of the basketball programs at Kings Hospital Boarding School, leading its girls second year team to the All-City championship. Prior to her professional stint, Sungy was one of the top players in Jacksonville University history. A starter throughout her career, the six-foot-one-inch forward graduated as JU's all-time leader in points, scoring average, rebounds, assists, steals, field goal percentage, double-doubles, games played and games started. A two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection, Sungy was the Dolphins' Most Valuable Player twice, and also served a two-year hitch as the team's captain. Sungy's success on the court garnered her a spot in the Faces In The Crowd section of the March 5, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated. Much more than a star on the court for the Dolphins, Sungy was also a star in the classroom for JU. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communications in 2003, and wasa member of the President's Honor Roll, Lambda Phi Beta communications honor society. She was also recognized by Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. Along with her studies and athletics experiences, Sungy worked in JU's sports information office, and organized and directed a basketball camp for Jacksonville-area children. She has served as an assistant coach for a varsity summer league team for three years, and attended Pete Newell's Tall Women's Basketball Camp in 2002. Sungy replaces Rachel Roberts, who resigned in June, on Izard's staff. Izard also announced that Amber Wood, who played for the Lady Vikings from 2001-04, will serve as the team's graduate assistant coach in 2004-05. Berry finished last season with a 22-12 overall record, just missing its second consecutive appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament. The Lady Vikings are scheduled to open the 2004-05 season Oct. 29, when they host Webber International in the first game of the Bob Williams Dodge/WLAQ/Jameson Inn Classic at Berry's Fordy Gymnasium.