RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University Volleyball Coach James Finley announced the addition of Assistant Kelly Morrisroe to the Rams' staff Wednesday.
Morrisroe joins the Rams from Syracuse University, where she served as interim head coach for the Orange the final month of the 2011 season and led the team to a 6-4 record.
"We're very excited to welcome Kelly Morrisroe," Finley said. "She has a really good rapport with student-athletes and she's a strong court coach a very good motivator. She did a wonderful job at Syracuse and accomplished some great things there and was really able to get the girls to excel."
Under Morrisroe's direction, Syracuse placed fifth in the Big East, its best finish since 2005. She also led the Orange to their first victory over national power Notre Dame since 1981.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to be here," Morrisroe said. "I really love the family atmosphere here, and I think that it's something I'm really going to enjoy. I'm looking forward to a great future and the opportunity to win championships."
Morrisroe joined Syracuse prior to the 2011 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before she was elevated to lead the program on Oct. 18.
A native of Jensen Beach, Fla., Morrisroe served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Division II Eckerd College from 2007-2010. Her work at Eckerd did not go unnoticed, as she was named one of the top 30 coaches under 30 years of age by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2009 and 2010.
During her four seasons on the Eckerd coaching staff, Morrisroe helped lead the Tritons to a 72-55 overall record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She mentored six all-conference players, three all-region honorees and Lydee Benoit, the first All-American in Eckerd women's volleyball history.
Morrisroe's coaching experience also includes four seasons as an assistant coach with the Team Florida High Performance Pipeline.
Morrisroe earned her bachelor's degree in communication from Eckerd in 2007, where she played three seasons as a libero under head coach Courtney Draper. A two-time captain, Morrisroe led the Tritons to a 21-14 record as a senior and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth. That spring, she was named the female recipient of Eckerd's James R. Harley Award for leadership, excellence in the classroom, excellence on the field of competition and community service. It's the highest honor bestowed upon an Eckerd student-athlete.
Prior to transferring Eckerd, Morrisroe played for Draper as a freshman at Jacksonville University in 2003.