EMU volleyball coach resigns

Eastern Michigan University’s head volleyball coach Kim Berrington announced her resignation Monday.

Berrinton is retiring after 19 seasons at EMU, with a record of 305-289, and is the winningest coach in EMU volleyball history.

“I’d like to thank my current players and staff as well as all of my former players and staff for their hard work and commitment to the EMU volleyball family,” Berrington said. “They made each day of my 19 years as a head coach and four years as an assistant coach here very special. I am proud of all that we accomplished together. And, I am very proud to have been their coach, teacher and mentor. I also want to thank my husband, Chuck and daughter, Kelsey, for their love and unconditional support.”

Berrington is fourth in all-time MAC volleyball victories with 147 wins. Her athletes have earned 24 All-MAC selections, 15 Academic All-MAC honorees, six MAC All-Freshman honorees and she won the 2005 MAC West Division championship. She previously coached at Concordia University and her overall career record is 408-365. Berrington was runner-up in the NCCAA National Championship Tournament with Concordia in 1995.

Berrington graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1985 with a BA in journalism and earned her master’s degree in physical education from EMU in 1992. EMU will conduct a national search to find her replacement.

“Kim has been a devoted staff member of this department and I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for EMU Athletics,” said EMU Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke. “She has always put the student-athletes first, making lasting impacts on countless people associated with our volleyball program.”

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