|Alma Mater:||Southern Cal|
Russell Brock enters his first season as head coach of the LSU beach volleyball team after spending the past three seasons as associate head coach under Fran Flory. Brock has been an integral part in the establishment of the program since its inception in 2014.
Over the past two seasons, the Lady Tigers have steadily continued to improved, including a program-best 20 wins in 2016. LSU opened last season at No. 19 during the preseason, marking the first time in school history LSU has been ranked. The team improved over the course of the season to finish at No. 10 in the overall standings. Brock coached the Lady Tigers to the semifinals of the 2016 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference Championship, as well as four wins over ranked opponents, including two in the top-10.
Brock also helped coach CCSA Co-Freshman of the Year Lilly Kessler to a team-high 23 wins on the season. Under Brock’s tutelage, No. 1 pair Katie Lindelow and Mandi Orellana reached the 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association Pairs Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama in his second year with the team. Over the course of his three seasons, Brock has helped guide the Lady Tigers to a combined 40-28 record.
Prior to his stint at LSU, Brock spent eight seasons with the indoor volleyball program at Rice University. He served as a volunteer coach from 2006 to 2008 before being promoted to assistant coach in 2009. The Owls totaled 141 wins, two NCAA tournament trips and the program’s first Conference USA championship in 2009. Brock helped in the development of middle blockers. He coached Natalie Bogan and Nancy Cole to AVCA All-American honors, and coached four of the top seven players on Rice’s all-time total blocks list.
Before joining the coaching staff at Rice, Brock spent 11 years at Baytown Christian Academy in Texas as the school’s athletic director and operations manager. He coached the girl’s volleyball team and won four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state titles. Brock was also a standout athlete at the University of Southern California, leading the program’s all-time record in digs tallying 956, a record he held for 10 years. He also set an NCAA record with 45 matches with 10-plus digs. Brock graduated from USC in 1996 with a B.S. in exercise science.
He and his wife, Kristi, have two daughters, Brooklynn, Kaelynn, and one son, Kory.