Some call it
synchronicity or destiny. At APU, we call it God's providence. By any name,
it is what brought Cougar linebacker Jeremiah Beery to Azusa Pacific.
Returning home from a college
search trip with his parents, Berry saw the freeway sign "Azusa Pacific University,
next exit." "I thought, 'OK, we'll try that out,'" said Beery. "We picked up a pamphlet
that listed [the then] Executive Vice President Jon Wallace on it." As it turns out,
Beery's father Jim was good buddies with Wallace until they went their separate ways.
Soon after the campus visit, Jim called Wallace, and "they started talking about the
university and its football program," Beery explained. "The next thing I knew, I was
coming to school [at APU]."
from Azusa Pacific in December 2001 as a two-time NAIA All-Scholar
Athlete, two-time NAIA All-American, and one of the greatest linebackers
in the university's football program's 37-year history. Beery's
on-the-field abilities, coupled with his academic prowess, led to
an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the National
College Football Hall of Fame Foundation. Beery received his
award in New York City at a black-tie event. He was joined at the
ceremony by fellow scholarship recipients Drew Brees of Purdue University;
Kyle Vander Bosch of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Scott
Becker of the Air Force Academy; and Heisman Trophy winner Chris
Weinke of Florida State University.
Hindsight is 20/20, and a freeway
sign, a pamphlet, and four years later, Beery can look back and clearly see God's
providence in his journey to Azusa. "[Things] have worked out great. It might sound
crazy, but God brought me here."
chapel, held thrice-weekly, drew incredible speakers,
including Kelly Monroe, founder and director of Veritas
Forum; Bart Campolo, president of Mission
Year; Mike Yaconelli, owner of Youth
Specialties; and Marilyn Laszlo, translator of the Bible
to the language of the Sepik Iwam people of Papua New Guinea.
men's track and field coach Kevin Reid was awarded 2002 NAIA
Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year honors.
His team was victorious also in both indoor and outdoor competitions
in 2002, raising the men's track national championship total