Amanda Berkley begins her first season as the full-time head coach for the Southern Miss volleyball program after serving as the interim coach last season.
Last season, Berkley guided 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 for the past three seasons with her duties will include 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 and 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.