Ramblers return to Gentile Arena after two-match road swing looking for first conference win
Former Loyola standout adds to an already impressive coaching resume
Helped lead Ramblers to first-ever Final Four appearance in 2013
Former Rambler All-American joins Shane Davis' coaching staff
Kris Berzins begins his fourth 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 2010 and 2011 seasons playing professionally in Greece and Austria, respectively. 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 has continued to build his coaching experience within the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. For the past two years, he has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team. This past season, the team won a Gold Medal at the 2014 NORCECA Boys' Under-19 Continental Championship, while last year he guided the team to a 16th place finish at the 2013 FIVB Boys' Under 19 World Championships in Tijuana, Mexico. Additionally, he has served as the head coach at USA Volleyball's 2012 A3 Camp in Vernon Hills, and, also, as an assistant coach at USA Volleyball's 2012 Future Select Camp, 2013 Holiday Camp and the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 High Performance Championships. Berzins will also serve as an assistant coach for the Youth National Team at the 2015 World Championships.
As a player, Berzins was named 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, Maryland, native twice earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V accolades, collecting first-team status in 2010 and second-team recognition in 2009.