Brad Keller Joins UCLA Men's Volleyball as Assistant Coach
June 11, 2012
Brad Keller, a former outside hitter at Loyola Marymount, has been hired by UCLA men's volleyball coach John Speraw as a full-time assistant coach. With a reputation for building championship-caliber teams, Keller spent the last six seasons on the collegiate level, including helping to lead USC to the 2009 NCAA men's volleyball title match.
"Brad has a true passion for volleyball and has a bright future in the sport," said Speraw. "He is a tireless worker, skilled teacher and brings great energy to our staff. I loved having him with us at Irvine. He was an excellent recruiter and wonderful role model for our student-athletes."
"I'm honored for the opportunity to work with John and be a part of the UCLA family," Keller said. "This incredible university has the ultimate history of success along with a tremendous culture. I'm looking forward to the building process and challenges that lie ahead. "
Prior to his appointment at UCLA, Keller served at UConn for the 2011 season working with the Huskies' women's volleyball team. Before moving to Storrs, CT, Keller helped guide the UC Irvine men's team to an 18-11 regular season record, and a No. 3 national ranking. The Anteaters finished sixth nationally in 2011. In 2010, his first season at UCI, the Anteaters finished eighth nationally.
Before his stint at UC Irvine, Keller served as an assistant at USC from 2007-10 with the men's volleyball team. As the offensive coordinator during the 2009 season, Keller helped guide the Trojans to the NCAA Final, as USC ended the year ranked second nationally in kills and assists as well as fifth in hitting percentage. USC lost 15-12 in the fifth set to UC Irvine. In four seasons with the Trojans, he coached two All-Americans as well as six All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorees. Keller also helped USC sign some of the best recruiting classes in the nation during his tenure there.
In addition, Keller has worked in several capacities for USA Volleyball. In 2010 he was an assistant coach with the USA Volleyball Men's Junior National Team, guiding it to its first gold medal in USA Volleyball history. That fall, Keller helped prepare the U.S. Men's National team for the 2010 FIVB World Championship as an advance scout, developing reports for use during World League competition.
Keller, 32, also founded the Bay to Bay Volleyball Club in San Jose, Calif. which is a youth boy's volleyball club created to serve the needs of the South Bay community. He served as the chief director from 2001-06 and was heavily involved in all aspects of the organization including training of coaches, execution of the business plan, club philosophy and communicating with parents, college recruiters and players. Bay to Bay has produced 70 varsity collegiate athletes in the past 11 years.
As a student-athlete Keller played two seasons at Loyola Marymount under Rick McLaughlin, now the men's head volleyball coach at UC Santa Barbara. Keller graduated from Loyola Marymount in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing.
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