Russell Brock Promoted to Head Coach
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BATON ROUGE, La.-Russell Brock, who served as assistant head coach for three seasons, has been promoted to head coach of the LSU beach volleyball program, vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva announced on Monday.
“I could not be more excited or more honored to have the opportunity to take over the leadership of LSU beach volleyball,” said Brock.
“I’m thankful to Joe, (senior associate athletic director) Miriam (Segar) and coach Fran (Flory) for trusting me to continue developing the competitive nature and the reputation of this program.”
During his three-year tenure, Brock has helped improve the team’s win total each season, compiling a combined 40-28 record and finishing with a No. 10 overall ranking in 2016, the highest in school history.
Brock has overseen the development of players such as Ashley Allmer and Lilly Kessler, who were selected to the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association 2016 All-Freshmen team.
Fourteen players were also selected to the CCSA Honor Roll list in 2016 under Brock’s watch.
“The last three seasons have been an incredible learning experience,” said Brock. “I could not be more ready to come alongside the other head coaches in this department and work hard to contribute to the incredible athletic legacy of LSU.”
Prior to LSU, Brock spent eight seasons with the Rice University indoor program. He served as a volunteer coach from 2006-08 before being promoted to assistant coach from 2009-13. The Owls racked up 141 wins which included two NCAA Tournament trips and school’s first-ever Conference USA championship in 2009.
Brock played a major role in the development of Rice’s middle blockers and blocking schemes. He coached Natalie Bogan (2007, 2009) and Nancy Cole (2010-12) to multiple AVCA All-Americans honors. Cole is the only three-time AVCA All-America pick in program history. In total, four players earned eight All-Conference USA selections. Brock has coached four of the top seven players on Rice’s all-time total blocks list.
Before joining the Rice program, Brock spent 11 years at Baytown Christian Academy in Texas. He acted as the school’s athletics director, operations manager and coached the girls volleyball, boys soccer and boys basketball teams. Under his leadership, the volleyball squad captured four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state titles.
Brock was a standout at the University of Southern California, where he amassed 956 digs en route to the program’s all-time record, a mark he held for 10 seasons. He also set a NCAA mark with 45 matches with 10-plus digs. Brock graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in exercise science.
Brock and his wife, Kristi, have two daughters, Brooklynn (16), Kaelynn (14), and a son, Kory (11).