Nov. 22, 2011
CHICAGO - Former Loyola University Chicago All-American Kris Berzins has rejoined the men's volleyball program as an assistant coach, Ramblers head coach Shane Davis announced today. One of the top players in Loyola history, Berzins 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, whose younger brother, Dainis, is a red-shirt sophomore on the 2012 Loyola roster, spent the 2011 season playing professionally in Austria.
He gained coaching experience as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in 2010 and 2011.
"We're really grateful to add Kris to our coaching staff this season," said Davis. "Between his past success here as a player and as a professional overseas, his experience will bring a lot to our team. Kris has a great ability to analyze the game and to develop the skills of our pin-hitters, our serve, and our backcourt defense that will really help us this season"
During his standout career as a player at Loyola, Berzins excelled both on and off the court. 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.
Loyola returns 15 letterwinners from the 2011 squad that went 21-8 and advanced to the MIVA Tournament title match before bowing to eventual national champion Ohio State.