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The 2018 season will be Kris Berzins’ seventh as a member of the coaching staff at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to the 2017 campaign, Berzins was elevated to the position of associate head coach after spending his first five seasons as an assistant coach.
During his time in Rogers Park, Berzins has helped guide Loyola to two NCAA titles, three Final Four appearances and three MIVA Championships. In April 2015, he was named a recipient of the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award, an honor bestowed upon 30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old at all levels of the game.
Berzins has helped develop eight first or second team AVCA All-Americans, including 2015 AVCA Player of the Year Thomas Jaeschke, who later went on to help the U.S. National Team to a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He also has seen middle blocker Jeff Jendryk blossom into the first player in program history to be a first or second team AVCA All-American three times in his career. Jendryk was the 2015 AVCA Newcomer of the Year.
A former Loyola University Chicago All-American, Berzins began as an assistant coach after spending 2010 and part of the 2011 season 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 and is currently the head coach of the Select A1 Program, the top program for Under-17 Boys in the pipeline. From 2013-15, he served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team and helped guide the team to a gold medal at the 2014 NORCECA Boys' Under-19 Continental Championship and a seventh-place finish at the 2015 FIVB Boys Under-19 World Championships in Argentina, the best finish ever for Team USA at that event. 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.