Aldis Berzins

Aldis Imants Bērziņš (born October 3, 1956) is a Latvian-American former volleyball player, who was a member of the American Men's National Team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics playing opposite of Karch Kiraly.

Aldis Berzins
Personal information
BornOctober 3, 1956 (1956-10-03) (age 64)
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

College careerEdit

Bērziņš was a star outside hitter on the Ohio State volleyball team from 1975 through 1978. In those years he led the Buckeyes to four straight Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) championships and four appearances in the NCAA Final Four.

HonorsEdit

  • MIVA Player of the Year: 1977 and 1978
  • All-MIVA First Team selection: 1976, 1977, 1978
  • NCAA all-tournament team selection: 1977 and 1978
  • Volleyball Magazine All-American: 1977 and 1978
  • MVP of the U.S. Men's National Team: 1983
  • All-Tournament Selection at the World Cup in Japan: 1985
  • USA Volleyball 75th Annual All-Era Team
  • Professional Volleyball player in Italy
  • Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame: 2002

Recent activitiesEdit

Bērziņš now works with the Special Olympics. He recently coached Maryland Volleyball Program at the 16's 17's and 18's levels. He has three sons, Kris, Mik, and Dainis. Kris recently played professionally in Greece after an illustrious career at Loyola University Chicago. Mik graduated from Ohio State University where he won an NCAA National Championship in 2011. Mik is currently the graduate assistant coach at another OSU, Oregon State University. Dainis started in 2011 for Loyola as an outside hitter.

Bērziņš was named head coach of the men's volleyball program at Stevenson University on October 6, 2016.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Aldis Berzins". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Aldis Berzins to Lead Stevenson Men's Volleyball