Stein Metzger enters his fourth season as the UCLA Beach Volleybal Head Coach in 2016, which will be facing many changes to the sport.
The first came on June 8, 2015, when UCLA announced that head beach volleyball coach Stein Metzger will leave his duties as assistant indoor coach to focus solely on beach. In addition, the Pac-12 Conference announced during the summer of 2015 that beach volleyball will become a Pac-12 sponsored sport effective this upcoming academic year (2015-16). Additionally, the NCAA will officially sponsor a national championship in 2016 and has already changed the sport's name from sand volleyball to beach volleyball.
The Pac-12's adoption of beach volleyball makes it the conference's 23rd sport and the first major league to sponsor beach. Eight member institutions currently sponsor beach volleyball, well above the conference threshold of six. In a related decision, beach volleyball will have a Pac-12 Championship in the spring of 2016. The format of the championship will be based on the to-be-established NCAA automatic qualification requirements.
Metzger recently completed his third season with the UCLA women's indoor volleyball staff in 2014, his second as an assistant coach, while serving as a volunteer coach in 2012.
Metzger just completed his third campaign as UCLA's head beach volleyball coach, which had its inaugural season in the spring of 2013. The Bruins have been ranked in the Top 10 throughout each of their first three sand campaigns. Debuting the sand team competitively just two months after the sport was added to UCLA's athletic program, Metzger guided Kelly Reeves to the program's first sand All-America award in 2013, while two pairs (Reeves and Meg Norton and Zoë Nightingale and Becca Strehlow) each made the AVCA National Championships.
Over the first three seasons of Bruin sand volleyball, Metzger, who is one of UCLA’s NCAA-record 13 Beach Volleyball Olympians, has led the program to 20 dual wins (10 in 2015) and has coached three sets of pairs’ teams to the AVCA National Championships, including Zoë Nightingale and Kamila Tan this past season. The fast-growing discipline will become an NCAA-sponsored sport starting with the 2016 season, the first year an NCAA Championship will be awarded in beach volleyball.
He went on to win two more National Championships in 1995 and '96, getting named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team both times. Metzger earned AVCA First-Team All-America and ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-America honors both seasons, while earning AVCA Co-Player of the Year accolades as a team captain during his senior campaign. He was also named to the all-conference team three times, including First Team in '96.
Following his days in Westwood, Metzger competed professionally on the AVP Tour, winning 16 times with partners Kevin Wong (two times), Jake Gibb (four), Mike Lambert (nine) and Mark Williams (one). Metzger was twice a part of the AVP Team of the Year with Gibb ('05) and Lambert ('06), ranking as the Tour's top player both seasons. He earned the Crocs Cup title in 2006.
In 2004, Metzger earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball team, finishing in fifth with partner Dax Holdren. A year prior, the duo won the silver medal at the 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Metzger also has two international titles to his credit with Wong in 2001 and '02, as well as a Bronze medal at the '01 Goodwill Games.
In addition to his collegiate coaching accolades, Metzger has trained U.S., French and Israeli National Beach teams. He has also coached with the USA Volleyball Elite Development Program.
A 1996 graduate of UCLA with a degree in environmental studies, Metzger was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Metzger and his wife, Emily, live in Redondo Beach with their daughter, Quinn (5), and son, Otto (2).