Former Rambler All-American joins Shane Davis' coaching staff
Kris Berzins begins his second season with the Ramblers after joining the Loyola staff for the 2011 season. A former Loyola University Chicago All-American, Berzins began as an assistant coach after spending the 2011 season playing professionally in Austria. One of the top players in Loyola history, he thrice earned All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) accolades and helped the Ramblers to 77 wins, including a pair of 20-plus-win campaigns in his four-year career.
Berzins continued to build his coaching experience this past summer after serving as the head coach at the USA Volleyball A3 Camp in Vernon Hills, and also as the assistant coach at USA Volleyball's Future Select Camp and USA Volleyball's High Performance Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Taking a break from coaching, Berzins recently earned MVP at the 2012 USA Men's Open Nationals tournament in Salt Lake City, in which his team took first place. This was another addition to his career accolades as Berzins excelled both on and off the court during his standout career as a player at Loyola. In 2010, he was tabbed Loyola's Male Athlete of the Year and graduated as one of only seven players in school history to amass over 1,000 kills and 500 digs in his career. A tremendous student, the Brinklow, Md., native twice earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V accolades, collecting first-team status in 2010 and second-team recognition in 2009.