"Her years of coaching elite level players, both in the WNBA and in Europe, bring us great experience and leadership.
Her up-tempo philosophy on offense combined with her affinity for toughness on the defensive end fits our organization.
Chancellor said he spoke with Berry after being named the coach on Wednesday.
Berry, a teammate of Chatman's at LSU from 1988-91 who has been an assistant at LSU since 2001, declined to be interviewed but later released a statement through LSU's sports information office.
"I have enjoyed my years at LSU as a player and a coach, and I have memories I will cherish for a lifetime," Berry said.
"I am excited about the future of LSU women's basketball, and I know the Lady Tigers will do great things with our new head coach, Van Chancellor.
She is also the former head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team and the Spartak Moscow women's basketball team.
Chatman spent the first 20 years of her adult life at LSU as a player (1987–1991), student assistant (1991–1992), assistant coach (1992–2004) and head coach (2004–2007).
Chatman's lawyer says the coach was rushed into the university one morning, was told she had violated university policy, and was given just two hours to decide if she would resign on her own, or be placed on leave without pay.
Pokey Chatman wasn't out of work long; the Indiana Fever are hiring her as their new coach.
The 47-year-old Chatman was not retained by the Chicago Sky after she guided the team to an 18-16 record and an appearance in the WNBA semifinals last season.
After succeeding longtime coach Sue Gunter in 2004, Chatman led the Lady Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Final Fours in 2004 (as acting head coach for the ailing Gunter), 2005, and 2006.
Notably, Chatman resigned from her post at LSU on March 7, 2007 amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a former player that were alleged to have begun when Chatman was coaching the player.