RICHMOND, Va. – Assistant Coach Kelly Morrisroe is showing exactly why James Finley hired her and she hasn't even coached a single game for the VCU volleyball program.

For the third time in four years, Morrisroe, who will enter her first season with the Rams this upcoming fall, was named as one of the top 30 assistant coaches under 30 years old by America Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Jensen Beach, Fla. native joined the Black & Gold after spending the past season with Syracuse. She  was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Orange, before she was elevated to lead the program as the Interim Head Coach on Oct. 18.

At Syracuse, Morrisroe helped guide the Orange to a 23-9 record and a fourth seed in the Big East Tournament after they had been selected to finish ninth in the pre-season poll. It was the first time Syracuse made the Big East Tournament since 2009.  

Prior to her time with the Orange, she spent four years at her alma mater, Eckerd College. 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.

She 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.