Women’s basketball head coach
Achter is taking over the women’s basketball program following a 14-16 season and the departure of former head coach Sheryl Swoopes. She served as an associate head coach at St. Bonaventure for three years, where she led the program to three NCAA National Tournaments, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012. She moved to Xavier University last year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and she helped guide that program to its second consecutive winning season. As a player, Achter had a successful career at Bowling Green State University, and then played professionally for one season in Greece.
“Kate Achter is one of the rising stars in college basketball and we are all thrilled to have her as our new head women’s basketball coach,” said Athletic Director Steve Watson in a press release posted on Loyola’s athletics website.
Men’s volleyball associate head coach
Berzins will serve as associate head coach after five years as an assistant for the Loyola men’s volleyball team. Berzins was a three-time All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection as a player at Loyola. As a coach, he contributed to the Ramblers’ three NCAA Championship appearances and two titles. Last season, the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s “Thirty Under 30” listed Berzins as one of the 30 best coaches in the sport below the age of 30.
“With three Final Fours and two NCAA Championships, plus some high level success with USA Volleyball, Kris is flourishing as a coach, and we look forward to more accomplishments down the road,” said head coach Mark Hulse in a press release posted on Loyola’s athletics website.
Women’s golf head coach
A 2014 Loyola graduate, Schneider helped the Ramblers achieve a 299 score at the 2013 Braun Intercollegiate, the first sub-300 score in school history. Following graduation, she continued to play competitively in the Illinois PGA section. Schneider also joined the PGA Professional Program, where she learned how to coach and teach golf. This will be Loyola’s women’s golf first head coach since 2012 and this is Schneider’s first coaching opportunity, and she said she is ready to accept the challenge.
“It is such an honor to be back at Loyola. I’m really looking forward to helping our women’s team take it to the next level and develop the program moving forward. I know that we have the talent and the spirit with these young ladies to be competitive in the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Schneider in a press release posted on Loyola’s athletics website.
Cross country, track and field head coach
Thurnhoffer will serve as head coach after six years as an assistant at Loyola. As a runner, Thurnhoffer was an All-American in the triple jump at the College of DuPage and an All-Horizon League Conference selection at the University of Illinois Chicago. After college, Thurnhoffer won a bronze medal at the USA Track and Field Nationals. As an assistant coach at UIC and Loyola, Thurnhoffer helped the programs accrue a total of 25 conference championships, 20 NCAA qualifications and five league MVPs.
“I couldn’t be more proud to accept this position and I owe it all to the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators that I’ve had the opportunity to work with throughout my time at this world-class institution. Go Ramblers!” said Thurnhoffer in a press release on Loyola’s athletics website.