JJ Van Niel
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: USC
Graduating Year: 1998
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: 858-534-8458

The 2014 season is JJ Van Niel's third as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's volleyball program.

Alongside his duties with the Tritons, Van Niel serves as a coach with San Diego's COAST Volleyball Club, as well as an assistant coach for the varsity girl's volleyball team at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. He helped guide the Lady Mavericks to their record ninth straight CIF San Diego Section championship in 2012 after finishing the prior year as the Division II state runners-up.

During the past five years at COAST, Van Niel's travel teams have qualified for the open division at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics. In 2012, his 16-1 side was crowned national champions after winning the gold medal in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2013, his 17-1 squad earned bronze in Dallas, Texas.

In addition, Van Niel was a technical coordinator for USA Volleyball at the 2013 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship in Mexico this past October, with Team USA placing fourth.

Around his volleyball coaching ventures, Van Niel worked from 1998-2010 as an analyst in the financial sector in California.

Van Niel graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1998 with a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Maria, have three children, Kaleb, Olivia and Nathaniel.

2014 NCAA MWP Champs (mid-ad)
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