Nick Vogel joined the University of California San Diego men's volleyball staff as head coach Kevin Ring's top assistant in late August of 2016. The 2017 campaign is the former U.S. national team and UCLA standout's first on the UC San Diego bench.
Vogel spent the 2015 fall season as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's program at his alma mater, UCLA. He has also been an indoor, beach and private-lesson coach within the WAVE Volleyball Club this year, and a lead camp coach with Gold Medal Squared since 2012. Vogel previously held coaching positions in an adult league and with a youth club while playing overseas in Germany, and has also been involved in several UCLA camps over the years. He brings a wealth of professional playing and coaching experience from throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
Vogel was a four-year starter for the Bruins under legendary and now-retired head coach Al Scates from 2009-12. He appeared in 99 matches and 309 sets, compiling 599 kills (1.94 per set) with a .323 hitting percentage, 299 blocks (0.97 per set), 133 digs (0.43 per set) and 75 service aces. The 6-foot-9 opposite and middle blocker paced the team in aces as a freshman and blocks as a sophomore. Vogel ended his career ranked No. 4 on the program's rally-scoring total blocks list.
Away from UCLA, Vogel competed for Team USA at the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship, the 2011 Pan American Games, the 2014 FIVB World Championship and the 2014 USA Volleyball Cup. He led the squad in blocking at the Pan Am Games. Following his collegiate playing days, Vogel competed professionally in Athens, Greece, for Panathinaikos, and in Germany with TV Bühl and VfB Friedrichshafen. He won the German Cup with Friedrichshafen, as well as the 1. Bundesliga title for the 2014-15 season.
Vogel earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology with a concentration in archeology from UCLA in 2012. He was a five-time member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. A San Diego native, Vogel graduated from Valhalla High School in El Cajon after previously attending Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley.
Away from volleyball, Vogel enjoys the outdoors and activities like backpacking, kayaking, surfing and snorkeling.