Stein Metzger begins his third season with the UCLA women's volleyball staff in 2014. Last year was his first as an assistant coach, while serving as a volunteer coach in 2012.
Metzger also just completed his second campaign as UCLA's head sand 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 two 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.
Metzger returned to his alma mater as a coach, having played on the Bruin men's team from 1993-96 and winning three National Championships. Metzger, who was a teammate of current head coach Michael Sealy on the '93 title-winning squad, is second all-time in UCLA history in assists (5,158) and sixth in aces (110).
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 (4), and son, Otto (1).