Former two-time Player of the Year, Jeff Nygaard, begins his third season as the Bruins' volunteer assistant coach while playing on the professional beach volleyball tour.
As a four-time All-American middle blocker, Nygaard played on two NCAA title teams and earned Player of the Year honors in 1994 and '95. In 1995 as a senior, he helped lead the Bruins to a 31-1 record, an undefeated league record and the NCAA title. He was named Most Outstanding Player in the 1995 NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
In 1993, Nygaard helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA title against Cal State Northridge in Pauley Pavilion. He set an NCAA Tournament record by hitting .867 in the semifinals against Ohio State, and he was voted co-Most Outstanding Player.
On the UCLA all-time charts, Nygaard ranks second in career kills (1,800) and blocks (658), fourth in aces (123) and 10th in digs (571). He ranks first in career blocking average (1.88), second in kills per game (5.14) and third in kill percentage (.427).
Nygaard also represented the United States in two Olympiads: 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. He played on the U.S. indoor teams in both.
He earned his undergraduate degree in English from UCLA in 1995.