Aug. 2, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Volleyball Coach Jake Lawrence announced today that Cynammon Burns and Patrick Kerley have joined the Greyhounds' coaching staff.
"I'm thrilled to have Cynammon and Pat join our program at Loyola," Lawrence said. "Anyone who spends ten minutes around Cynammon can see her passion for coaching. She's been a winner throughout her collegiate career at American, and her experience on three NCAA Tournament teams will be important to our goal of winning a MAAC Championship. Furthermore, she has great integrity and shares our belief in developing the whole student-athlete."
Burns, who will serve as Loyola's assistant coach, comes to the program after serving as a club head coach in her native Dallas. Kerley joins the Greyhounds as a volunteer assistant coach from the local Columbia Volleyball Club.
A four-year student-athlete at American University, Burns was a libero for the Eagles from 2006-2009. She helped American reach the NCAA Championships following the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Eagles reached the Patriot League Championship Game each of her four seasons in Washington, D.C., and Burns earned Patriot League All-Tournament Team laurels in 2007.
Burns recorded 661 digs during her career, an average of 2.12 per set. During her senior season in 2009, she had career-bests of 300 digs and 18 service aces. She tallied 15 or more digs on six occasions, setting a career-high with 22 against Army.
Kerley comes to Loyola as a volunteer assistant coach after serving this past year as the co-head coach of the Columbia Condors 14s National Team.
"Pat is someone who has a wide range of experience training and can bring that expertise in player development to our student athletes." Lawrence said. "He's going to be a great influence in our gym on a daily basis and is great relating to athletes. After knowing him for several years, I'm excited to have him on our staff."
He moved to the Baltimore area recently after coaching in the Cincinnati area. He was the head coach at McAuley High School for five seasons where he compiled a 71-55 record. While coaching at McAuley and with Team Z, Kerley led more than 20 future collegiate volleyball players.
Kerley coached three teams to club national qualifier victories in the 17s 2005 Northeast Qualifier, the 16s 2006 Mid-East Qualifier and the 16s 2007 Mid-East Qualifier. Prior to coaching in high school and club volleyball, Kerley was a student assistant coach at Xavier University.