Kris Berzins joins D1!

By D1 Volleyball Club, 04/26/18, 4:15PM CDT


Kris Berzins Added to D1 Full-Time Staff

Director of Boys Volleyball and VP of Division1 VBC

We are BEYOND proud and excited to announce that Kris Berzins, former Loyola University Men's Associate Head Coach, will be joining the D1 Family in a full-time role!

Kris's complete bio is listed below - as you'll see he has been a prominent figure in the Chicago volleyball community over the last 10 years starting with his impressive playing career at Loyola. Kris has also been a big part of the D1 staff; running our coaches training, master coaching our Boy's gyms, and head coaching in his earlier years with the club.

Most importantly, Kris has been an amazing friend to the club and is committed to the growth of youth volleyball. His take on developing athletes and dedication to providing elite training with a focus on mindfulness fits perfectly with our vision at Division1. You can click here to see a personal letter from Kris to the D1 Family - feel free to reach out to him with questions or just a quick hello at

What will Kris mean to the D1 Family? A LOT!!!

Kris will be taking on the roles of Director of Boys Programs and Vice President of Division1 VBC. Working alongside our current staff, Kris's responsibilities (and benefits to the club) will include:

  • Refining/Improving our year long training plans for all Boys and Girls programs
  • Head Coaching a Boys team
  • Organizing the season operations for our Boys Programs 
  • Managing and training ALL coaches (Boys and Girls)
  • Providing additional training opportunities outside of our core programs
  • Recruiting support for all athletes
  • Adding "Bonus" aspects to the club experience - Mental wellness seminars, nutrition advice, on-going coaches development, etc.
  • Making the D1 Community stronger than ever! 

Kris will not only bring a focus and boost of energy to our training programs, he will also be working tirelessly to make all of Division1 VBC the best club environment possible. We cannot wait for everyone to meet him and know he will be a perfect fit in the D1 Family!

Go D1!

Kris Berzins Bio

Loyola University Division I Men's Coach: (2011-2018 Record: 157-52)

  • 2014 & 2015 NCAA National Champion Assistant Coach
  • 2013-2015 MIVA Conference Tournament Champions
  • Coached 6 NCAA Division I All-American Award Recipients

USA Volleyball: (2010-Present)

  • Current Assistant Coach for the USA U-21 Men's Junior National Team
  • 2016-2017 Head Coach of USA Volleyball's U-17 Boys' Select National Team Program
  • 2013-2015 Assistant Coach for the USA U-19 Boys' Youth National Team
  • 2015 FIVB U-19 World Championships - Chaco, Argentina - 7th place (Best ever finish for a USA U-19 team)
  • 2014 NORCECA U-19 Regional Championships - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Gold Medal
  • 2013 FIVB U-19 World Championships - Tijuana, Mexico - 16th place

Playing Career

  • Played professionally for Panelinios G.S. (Athens, Greece) and VBK Worther (Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Starting outside hitter at Loyola from 2007-2010
  • Served as team captain from 2009-2010 
  • Recognized as the Loyola Male Athlete of the Year in 2010
  • 2010 Volleyball Magazine All-American

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