August 23, 2011

Berkman Tabbed Head Man at Aurora

from press release

AURORA, Ill. -- Aurora University, an NCAA Division III institution, has hired Kylor Berkman as head coach of the Spartan men's lacrosse program. In the first season of the program in 2011, the Spartans had an 11-6 overall record, finishing third in the Midwest Men's Lacrosse Conference (MMLC).

Berkman will move into the head coaching role after spending the first season of the AU men's lacrosse program as a graduate assistant under former coach Brendan Dawson. Dawson recently moved to Widener University, where he will lead the Pride men's lacrosse program.

"Kylor was instrumental in the success of the men's lacrosse program as the top assistant coach last year during our first season of competition," said AU Athletic Director Mark Walsh. "We will continue to build our lacrosse program on that foundation with his leadership, skill and work ethic. Kylor has a great lacrosse background, and will utilize this as he continues to move our program forward at Aurora University."

Prior to joining the AU staff, Berkman served as an assistant coach (offensive coordinator) at his alma mater, Salisbury University, in the fall of 2009. Berkman has the distinct honor of being one of two Division III student-athletes to be selected to play in Major League Lacrosse in 2009, he was drafted by the Baltimore Bayhawks.

As a player for the Sea Gulls, Berkman had a tremendous four-year career, having been named the NCAA National Lacrosse Player of the Year in Division III as a junior in 2008. He was also a three-time NCAA Most Outstanding Midfielder, three-time Division III All-American, three-time All-Capital Conference first-team selection, two-time captain and was multiple times selected the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. In addition to his on-field

accolades at Salisbury, Berkman was an NCAA Academic All-American, Capital Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete and served on the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

"I would like to thank the Aurora University administration for providing me with this great opportunity. I am excited for the challenge ahead and look forward to becoming part of the Aurora University community. I have seen in my experience here as an assistant coach that AU has the tools and support necessary to build a successful and competitive program," said Berkman. "I will strive to recruit charismatic and enthusiastic student athletes who fit the Spartan mold both academically and athletically."

Berkman earned a bachelor's degree in business management (2008) with a minor in coaching and is currently working towards his master's degree in business administration at Aurora University.

Aurora University is a member of the MMLC, which consists of 14 colleges and universities from throughout the Midwest. Member schools include: Adrian College, Albion College, Augustana College, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Carthage College, Concordia University Wisconsin, Defiance College, Elmhurst College, Fontbonne University, Hanover College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, College of Mount St. Joseph and Trine University.

AU sponsors 20 sports. Men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. Women's squads are fielded in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and volleyball.

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