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Amanda Berkley
Head Coach

Amanda Berkley begins her fourth season as head coach for the Southern Miss volleyball program that included one season serving as the interim coach.

Last season, Berkley directed the Golden Eagles to a 24 win season, the second in a row since 2009. A pair of Golden Eagles earned all-conference honors with Mary Pursell and Stephany Purdue. Southern Miss also claimed the Libero of the Year with Pursell for the second straight year.

Berkley was awarded the AVCA Thirty Under Award after guiding the 2013 Golden Eagles to a 17-14 record, a plus-12 turn around, including a 7-7 record in Conference USA play. Sophomore Quinci Hayward earned second team all-conference honors for the first time since 2011.

Prior to taking the interim position, she was an assistant coach for three seasons and her duties included on the court coaching, recruiting, scouting, assistance in practice planning, fundraising, travel, camp coordinator and various administrative duties.

Before to coming to Southern Miss, Berkley spent two seasons as UW-Whitewater's graduate assistant coach. She also coached the junior varsity team as well as planned practices and scheduled matches. Her duties also included being assistant strength and conditioning coach for volleyball, football and track teams. Berkley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in kinesiology/physical education and a minor in health. She competed on the University of Wisconsin's volleyball team as a defensive specialist. During her career, the Badgers placed second in the Big Ten twice and made it to the Elite Eight twice as well as finishing in the tournament Sweet 16 tournament once.

As a player, Berkley walked on as a freshman and earned a scholarship in 2005. She finished third on the team in service aces in 2006 and 2007. She has coached at various clinics and camps throughout the state and has coached club volleyball for Capital Volleyball Club.

Berkley attended Washington Park High School in Racine, Wis., where she played volleyball, basketball, and soccer. She was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and soccer, while earning two letters in basketball.

The Racine, Wis., native earned her master's degree in professional development with an emphasis in health, physical education and coaching from UW-Whitewater in 2009. She is the daughter of Robert and Kathryn Berkley. Her sister, Susie Johnson, played volleyball at Idaho State and is now the head volleyball coach at UW-Milwaukee.  

This Coaching Staff has Produced:

  • One Setter of the Year
  • Two-Time Libero of the Year
  • Three AVCA Honorable Mention All Americans
  • Three AVCA All Midwest Region Awards
  • Five First Team C-USA Selections
  • Four Second Team C-USA Selections
  • Team GPA of 3.3
  • Four C-USA All Academic Team Selections
  • One Capital One Academic All American
  • Fifteen C-USA Player of the week honors
  • Four C-USA All Freshmen Team Selections