TAMPA - The University of South Florida has added Kelly Morrisroe to its volleyball staff, recently appointed head volleyball coach Courtney Draper announced on Friday. Morrisroe comes to USF after stints at Virginia Commonwealth and Syracuse after spending four seasons on Draper's staff at Eckerd College.
"I'm so excited to welcome Kelly back as a member of my staff," Draper said. "I've had the pleasure of coaching Kelly and working with her on a daily basis. We're obviously very familiar with each other and I think that familiarity will be key to our success moving forward. Kelly does a great job of connecting with the student-athletes and her knowledge of the game, combined with her ability to communicate, is what makes her an effective coach."
Morrisroe joined the VCU volleyball staff earlier this spring following a successful stint as interim head coach at Syracuse University in 2011. She directed the Orange for the final month of the 2011 season and led the team to a 6-4 record. Under her leadership, 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. 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, '10 and '11.
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.
A 2007 graduate from Eckerd with a degree in communications, Morrisroe played three seasons as a libero under 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 to Eckerd, Morrisroe played for Draper as a freshman at Jacksonville University in 2003.