Keller hired as women’s volleyball’s head coach

first_imgKeller was also an assistant coach of USC’s men’s team from 2007-10.  Keller’s staff consistently reeled in elite recruiting classes with the UCLA men’s program, helping land the No. 1 ranked class in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018, according to Volleyball Magazine’s rankings. The move comes after former USC head coach Brent Crouch unexpectedly resigned from his position Jan. 14 to take over the same role at Auburn University. Brad Keller has been named head coach of the USC women’s volleyball team, athletic director Mike Bohn announced Thursday. Now, Keller is back with USC, where he hopes to revitalize a program that went 40-25 in Crouch’s two seasons and got booted from the NCAA Tournament in the second round both years. Keller helped lead the Bruins to a 19-12 record in 2019, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The men’s program saw 10 All-Americans over the course of Keller’s tenure as assistant coach, and the Bruins earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament semifinal in 2016 as well as a 2018 runner-up finish.  Keller served as an associate head coach of UCLA’s women’s volleyball team in 2019 and had spent the previous six seasons working as an assistant coach of the Bruins’ men’s team. Keller has seen success with the Trojans as well. In 2009, his men’s team won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament en route to a second-place finish in the NCAA Tournament. Between 2011-12, Keller held roles as an assistant coach for the UC Irvine men’s program, Connecticut women’s team and Santa Clara women’s program. “We are very excited to welcome Brad back to the Trojan Family,” Bohn said in the press release. “His mastery of the Southern California recruiting landscape will be a difference-maker for our program. He brings a strong coaching pedigree and has coached the game at a national-caliber level.” “He is a great fit for USC, and he embraces our aspirations to reclaim USC’s rich volleyball heritage,” Bohn said. “He has a deep passion for the game of volleyball and believes in our student-athlete centric model.” “This is a dream for me,” Keller said in a press release Thursday. “I started at USC, so it’s so nice to be back here. This is a very exciting time, and I can’t wait to start working with this team to build on USC’s incredible women’s volleyball tradition.” Included in his experienced resume, Keller was on the coaching staff of the U.S. Youth National Team from 2014-17 and took home second place at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship in 2018.last_img

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