Russell Brock is now in his seventh season with the Rice volleyball program and his fourth as one of the Owls' full-time assistant coaches. Brock previously served as a volunteer assistant for three seasons.
"Russell's experience as a player both at USC and on the outdoor circuit complemented with his competitive and energetic personality is truly going to benefit our program both in the gym and in recruiting," says Volpe. "His tenure as an athletic director is also going to be very beneficial because he understands the work that needs to be done behind the scenes to run a successful program."
During the 2009 season, the Owls captured their first-ever conference championship when they defeated Tulsa 3-2 in the title game to earn Conference USA's NCAA automatic bid. Rice also sported a final RPI ranking of 37, its highest ever, out of 330 institutions, to lead C-USA.
Prior to coming to Rice full-time, Brock, a native of the Texas Gulf Coast, spent 11 years at Baytown Christian Academy, where he served as the athletics director, operations manager, and coach of multiple sports, in addition to teaching duties. He helped guide the volleyball team to four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state titles. Brock also served stints as the boys' soccer and boys' basketball coach.
A four-year letterman at Southern California, Brock ended his collegiate career as the Trojans' all-time dig leader with 956, a record he held for 10 years. He also set an NCAA record by posting double-figure digs in 45 matches during his career. He graduated from USC in 1996 with a B.S. in exercise science.
Since his collegiate career ended, Brock remains an active participant on the national volleyball scene, both indoors and outdoors. He plays at the indoor open division nationals every year and holds an outdoor open rating.
Brock was born and raised in Baytown, Texas, and is a 1991 graduate of Lee High School. Russell and his wife, Kristi, have two daughters, Brooklynn (11) and Kaelynn (9), and a son, Kory (6).