Renny Bryner is a 1961 graduate of the Mount Berry School for Boys and one of the great athletes in
Berry's history. Known on campus as "Chigger", Renny teamed with Dickie "Doc" Weller to become the
greatest one-two basketball scoring punch in the history of the school, leading the 1961 basketball team
to a 24-3 record which included a berth in the state tournament in Macon. He was named to the 1961
Georgia All-State Basketball Team and was selected to play in the state All-Star game in Atlanta at the
conclusion of the season.
Knowledgeable people will tell you that the three greatest skill positions in baseball are pitcher, catcher
and shortstop. As a Berry baseball star, Renny played and excelled at all three positions.
After his years at MBSB, Renny attended Berry College and played basketball for the Vikings under
coach Larry Taylor, leading the team in scoring and earning all conference honors. Renny also was a
pitcher for the Vikings baseball team and helped the Berry College track team win a conference
Basketball continues to be a part of Renny's life after Berry. He has been in coaching for over 40 years
at both the high school and college level. He holds the distinction of being the only Berry high school
graduate to ever become the Head Basketball Coach at Berry College. Renny coached the Vikings from
1978 through 1982, winning the conference title in 1980. He also coached the college track team while at
Renny then became Head Basketball Coach at Armstrong State College in Savannah, a position he held
from 1983 through 1986. He is the second winningest basketball coach in Armstrong State history where
he posted a winning percentage of .605.
As is the case with most coaches, Renny has played a valuable role in shaping and influencing the lives
of countless young people that he has worked with over the years. He has coached almost every sport
imaginable in his career and has coached both boys and girls teams.
Renny retired from coaching and teaching in 2008. Renny lives in Blairsville, GA with his wife Judy. He is
an avid golfer and he achieved every golfer's dream when recorded a hole-in-one in March of 2006.