Dec. 6, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Former Rice assistant Russell Brock was named the first LSU sand volleyball head coach in program history on Monday, the school announced.
Brock spent the last eight seasons with the Rice volleyball program, first serving as a volunteer coach from 2006-08 before being promoted to assistant coach from 2009-13. During his tenure, the Owls racked up 141 wins and made two NCAA Tournament appearances and claiming the school’s first-ever Conference USA championship in 2009.
"We are extremely happy for Russell," Rice volleyball head coach Genny Volpe said. "He has the chance to be the first sand coach at LSU and he will do a fantastic job there. Sand volleyball is a strong passion of his, so this was a perfect opportunity for him to coach sand and to advance in his career as associate head coach. We are sad to see him go, but at the same time I am very proud of him and he deserves this wonderful opportunity. Russell has been such a positive role model for the athletes here at Rice, and I have no doubt he will do the same at LSU."
Brock's responsibilities included equipment, recruiting, travel coordination and camp coordination. On the court, Brock worked primarily with the middle hitters and was responsible for blocking schemes.
Under Brock, the Owls ranked third in C-USA in blocks during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and he coached four middle blockers to a total of eight All-C-USA Teams, including three-time All-America selection Nancy Cole and two-time All-American Natalie Bogan.