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Russell Brock Season 2023

Russell Brock
Head Coach
Baytown, Texas
Alma Mater
USC (1996) National Coach of the Year (2018)
DiG Magazine National Coach of the Year (2019)
CCSA Coach of the Year (2017)

In his first four seasons as LSU’s head beach volleyball coach, Russell Brock has led the Tigers into national prominence. He will enter his fifth season as head coach in 2021. Brock has been with the program since its first year of existence in 2014 when he served as the associate head coach under Fran Flory until being named head coach prior to the 2017 season.

By 2020, Brock had built the LSU Beach Volleyball program into a national power and the Tigers carried a No. 2 ranking into the season. With his deepest roster to date, Brock put his team’s ranking on the line the first weekend of the season in Hawaii for five matches against three top-ranked teams. The Tigers left Hawaii with a 3-2 record, but picked up wins over No. 19 Stanford, No. 5 Hawaii and No. 1 UCLA and brought back hardware to Baton Rouge as the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic Champions. LSU took down No. 1 UCLA for the second time in two weeks the following weekend in Baton Rouge in front of a NCAA Beach Volleyball On-Campus record 2,407 fans, propelling LSU to its first ever No. 1 ranking in both the AVCA and DiG polls. The Tigers were 12-2 and ranked No. 1 when the 2020 season was cut short due to Covid-19.

In each of his first three seasons as head coach, Brock led LSU to the NCAA Championship as one of the final eight teams in the nation in Gulf Shores. The Tigers have won 97 matches with him as head coach, winning a program-record 31 matches in 2019 when LSU finished as the No. 3 team in the country. For the entirety of Brock’s tenure, LSU has been ranked inside the AVCA Top-10 and the Tigers have earned 24 Top-10 victories with him at the helm. Brock has led LSU to win-streaks of 23, 16, 14 and 11. In his first year leading the Tigers in 2017, Brock was named the CCSA Coach of the Year in 2017 after taking LSU to its first NCAA Championship appearance. In 2018 he was named National Coach of the Year and in 2019 DiG Magazine named him National Coach of the Year.

Brock has helped coach six players to the CCSA All-Freshmen team, including the Co-CCSA Freshman of the Year, Lilly Kessler, during his final season as the associate head coach. He has coached Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss to back-to-back All-America teams. Coppola and Nuss were freshman during Brock’s first season as head coach in 2017. Brock has coached them to back-to-back CCSA Pair of the Year honors and two straight USAV Collegiate Beach Championship victories. That pair became LSU’s all-time winningest pair in 2019 and followed that in 2020 when they earned their 100th win and became just the third pair in collegiate beach volleyball history to reach that mark. Counting his time as associate head coach, Brock has mentored three players to the CCSA All-Academic team. Under the leadership of Coach Brock, LSU opened LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium in January of 2019 with the help of generous donations from the Tiger Athletic Foundation. It is the premier beach volleyball facility in the country and Brock coached his team to a perfect 13-0 home record during its inaugural season.

Prior to joining 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 while Brock was there. He helped in the development of middle blockers and coached Natalie Bogan and Nancy Cole to AVCA All-American honors.

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 girls’ 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 that stood 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.

Head Coaching Record by Year (97-32)

Year School Record Finish
2017 LSU 27-8 No. 6
2018 LSU 27-14 No. 6
2019 LSU 31-8 No. 3
2020* LSU 12-2 No. 1
Total 4 Seasons 97-32

*Season shortened due to COVID-19

Player Honors Under Brock

AVCA All-Americans
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (2018, 2019)

VolleyballMag All-Americans
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (2017, 2018)

DiG Magazine All-Americans
Claire Coppola (2017, 2019)
Kristen Nuss (2019)

CCSA Pair of the Year
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (2018, 2019)

CCSA Freshman of the Year
Lilly Kessler (2016)

CCSA All-Conference
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (2017, 2018, 2019)

CCSA All-Freshman Team
Ashley Allmer (2016)
Lilly Kessler (2016)
Claire Coppola (2017)
Hunter Domanski (2018)
Allison Coens (2019)
Kelli Agnew (2019)

CCSA All-Academic Team
Helen Boyle (2016)
Katie Lindelow (2016, 2017)
Megan Davenport (2017, 2018)

Weekly Honors Under Brock

AVCA National Pair of the Week
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss x2 (2018, 2019)
Kelli Agnew/Taryn Kloth (2020)

CCSA Pair of the Week
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss x4 (2018, 2019, 2020)
Kelli Agnew/Taryn Kloth (2020)