Womens Volleyball Staff
In 2018 , Loyola Volleyballs coaching staff led the Ramblers to their first winning season since 2015.
Finishing with an overall record of 16-14 and 2 tournament titles
1of only 18 NCAA Division I programs with a +10 win increase in a singular season.
HEad Coach : Amanda Berkley
Amanda Berkley, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, was named head women’s volleyball coach at Loyola University Chicago on December 14, 2017 and will be entering her second season in Rogers Park in 2019.
Prior to her arrival in Chicago, Berkley guided the University of Southern Mississippi to 87 total victories in four seasons, including four straight 20-win campaigns.
In her first year at the helm of the Loyola program, Berkley engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA Division I play, piloting the Ramblers to 16 wins to become the first Loyola women’s volleyball coach to record a winning record in his/her first season since 2004.
Berkley’s positive influence helped the Ramblers to an eight-match winning streak early in the year and they closed out the year with a winning record for the first time since 2015, while also being one of only 18 NCAA Division I programs to boast at least a 10-game improvement in the win column from 2017.
In five seasons at Southern Miss, Berkley piloted the program to a 104-59 (.638) overall mark and a 46-29 ledger (.613) in Conference USA matches. Berkley was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2016 and also earned the AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award in 2013.
Berkley, began her collegiate playing career as a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin before earning a scholarship. As a defensive specialist for the Badger program, she helped UW to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight finish in 2005, and finished third on the team in service aces in 2006 and 2007.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/physical education from the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree in professional development with an emphasis in health, physical education and coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Associate Head Coach: Dave Brown
Dave Brown will begin his second season as associate head coach at Loyola University Chicago in 2019 after spending the previous four seasons on the staff at the University of Southern Mississippi. A native of Muskego, Wisconsin, Brown spent the 2017 campaign as associate head coach at Southern Miss under current Loyola head coach Amanda Berkley.
In 2018, Brown’s steadying influence helped the Ramblers win eight of their first 11 matches and close out the year with a winning record for the first time since 2015, while also being one of only 18 NCAA Division I programs to boast at least a 10-game improvement in the win column from 2017.
Last spring, he was one of 11 NCAA Division I women’s coaches to receive a Thirty Under 30 Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as one of the up-and-coming young coaches in the sport.
During his four seasons on Berkley’s staff at Southern Miss, Brown helped the Golden Eagles to four 20-win campaigns, including a 20-12 mark in 2017, and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He recruited the 2016 Conference USA Freshman of the Year (Catherine Repsher) and developed the 2014 and 2015 C-USA Libero of the Year (Mary Pursell).
Brown was a player and coach for five seasons for the University of Wisconsin men’s club volleyball team, where he oversaw all aspects of the program. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Assistant Coach : Sondra Parys
Sondra Parys will begin her second season as assistant women’s volleyball coach at Loyola University Chicago in 2019.
During the 2018 campaign, Parys helped the Ramblers post a winning record for the first time since 2015, while also being one of only 18 NCAA Division I programs to boast at least a 10-game improvement in the win column from 2017. In addition, Loyola raced out of the gate, winning eight of its first 11 matches, winning two in-season tournament championships.
Parys arrived in Rogers Park after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Queens University of Charlotte. While at Queens, she helped the Royals to back-to-back NCAA appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2016, as well as the program’s first South Atlantic Conference Championship title. Prior to her stint at Queens, she served two years as an assistant coach at The Citadel, from 2014-15.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Parys also has served as a head coach at both Lake Norman and Charleston Juniors Volleyball Club. She also served as the head coach at Maumee High School in Maumee, Ohio.
A four-year letterwinner at the University of Toledo, the Crystal Lake, Illinois native led the Rockets in kills as a junior in 2011 and was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team in 2009.