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Amanda Berkley
Amanda  Berkley

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Wisconsin, 2008

Amanda Berkley is in her fifth season as head coach for the Southern Miss volleyball program that included one season serving as the interim coach.

Berkley in 2016 helped Southern Miss to new heights in the program's history, leading the team to a 23-8 record and No. 2 seed at the C-USA Championships, the highest for the Golden Eagles since 2009. Five players received All-Conference honors (most in history), including Catherine Repsher becoming the first Freshman of the Year for the Black and Gold. The senior class became the winningest in team history with 84 victories, and Stephany Purdue set the all-time kills record.

The year before, Berkley directed the Golden Eagles to a 24-win season, the program's most since 2009. In fact, her back-to-back 20-win seasons were the first in program history since 1989-90. A pair of Golden Eagles earned all-conference honors with Mary Pursell and Jasmine Crowell. Southern Miss also claimed the Libero of the Year with Pursell.

In 2014, Berkley directed the Golden Eagles to a 20 win season, the first since 2009. A pair of Golden Eagles earned all-conference honors with Mary Pursell and Jasmine Crowell. Southern Miss also claimed the Libero of the Year with Pursell.

Berkley was award the AVCA Thirty Under Award after guiding the 2013 the 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.

She is the daughter of Robert and Kathryn Berkley. Berkley also married her husband, Melvin Tart, in July 2017. She is part of a strong volleyball family. One sister, Susie Johnson, played at Idaho State and is now the head coach at UW-Milwaukee, while another, Annie Sireno, played at Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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.

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