Siena Heights University is proud to announce the hiring of the school's new men's and women's volleyball coach, Kim Berrington. Berrington will lead the Saints after 19 seasons as head coach for NCAA Division I program Eastern Michigan.
In 23 years as a collegiate head coach, Berrington has a 408-365 record, including a 305-289 slate at EMU. She is the Eagles' all-time leader in coaching wins while ranking fourth in conference wins among all Mid-American Conference coaches.
"I am thrilled to be part of the Siena Heights University family," Berrington said. "I have been familiar with the university for a long time, with multiple ties. That makes me all the more excited."
During her tenure at Eastern Michigan, Berrington guided her teams to 12 winning seasons, including seven campaigns with 20-or-more victories. From 1999-2014, the Eagles qualified for the MAC Tournament in 15 of 16 seasons, winning the MAC West Division championship in 2005 and reaching the MAC Tournament final in 2013.
Berrington coached 26 All-MAC selections, six MAC All-Freshman Team honorees, three all-region performers, one MAC Defensive Player of the Year and one MAC Setter of the Year. Her teams have also succeeded academically at a 100 percent graduation rate. Honors include over 40 Academic All-MAC, nine Academic All-District and two Academic All-Americans. Eastern Michigan has claimed 15 American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team Awards, including awards in each of the past 11 seasons.
Berrington is no stranger to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference; she was head coach for Concordia for four seasons in 1992-95. She totaled a 103-76 record and was a three-time WHAC Coach of the Year (1993-95). The Cardinals won two WHAC championships (1994-95), qualified for two NAIA Regional Tournaments and was a runner-up at the 1995 NCCAA Tournament. In August 2014, she was named to the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame.
While she has primarily coached women's volleyball in recent history, Berrington is ready for the challenge of coaching the men's game as well.
"NAIA men's volleyball is exploding right now," she said. "I'm very excited about building our men's team into a strong program that will compete on the national side.
"Any time you take a new position, you set a new goal. Our goals for both teams are certainly to excel within the conference, but also on a national level. I have no idea how long that will take, but I want to make sure that the Siena Heights men's and women's volleyball programs are in the best shape they've ever been in."
Berrington is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She later earned a Master's degree in Physical Education at Eastern Michigan. She and her husband, Chuck, reside in Britton, Mich., with their daughter, Kelsey, who plays volleyball for Valparaiso (Ind.).