The 2014 season is former Triton player Kevin Ring's ninth as head coach of the UC San Diego men's volleyball program.
Ring's 2012 squad finished with a 9-19 overall record and placed ninth in the ultra-competitive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) with a 6-16 mark, narrowly missing a berth in the eight-team league tournament. UCSD recorded upsets over No. 3 UCLA, No. 9 Long Beach State, No. 11 Hawai'i, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara and No. 13 Cal State Northridge. The team strung together an unprecedented five-match win streak in league play, three of those victories coming on the road. For the second straight year, the Tritons climbed to as high as No. 11 in the AVCA national poll.
Outside hitter Carl Eberts and libero Chase Frishman earned All-MPSF honorable mention. Outside hitter Vaun Lennon was tabbed the AVCA National Player of the Week in early April, becoming the second Triton to garner that distinction in the history of the program. Additionally, six players were named MPSF All-Academic in 2012.
UCSD finished with five MPSF wins in 2011, producing upsets at defending national champion and fourth-ranked Stanford, at No. 5 UCLA, at No. 7 UC Irvine, at No. 11 Pepperdine and at home against No. 11 Hawai'i. The sweep at Stanford marked not only the Tritons' first-ever triumph at Maples Pavilion, but also snapped the 18-match home win streak of the Cardinal.
On March 24, 2011, UCSD hosted third-ranked Ohio State and took a four-set victory over the Buckeyes, who went on to win the national championship.
Senior setter Phil Bannan was an All-MPSF Second Team selection after becoming UCSD's all-time leader in assists and service aces. Ring also graduated middle blocker Calvin Ross, who took over as the school's career leader in blocks. Four Tritons were named MPSF All-Academic in 2011.
In 2010, the Tritons were ranked in the top-15 nationally through the entire year and collected six conference wins for the campaign, including two each over UCLA and Pepperdine. Bannan picked up All-MPSF honorable mention for the second straight year.
Ring led the 2009 squad to its most successful in program history. The Tritons won a Division II-best 13 matches and nearly qualified for the MPSF Tournament, being eliminated during the final weekend of conference play. UCSD defeated several ranked teams, including a win over UCLA for the second consecutive season. The Tritons finished the year ranked No. 11 in the country and Ring was named MPSF Coach of the Year.
While maintaining a high level of success on the court and in the classroom, Ring and his players have kept a clear focus on giving back to the community. For the past several years, the Tritons have held regular volleyball clinics with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.
Before being elevated to the head-coaching position on June 15, 2005, Ring spent the previous nine years as an assistant for the UCSD men's squad. He served as the top assistant for Duncan McFarland in 1997 and 1998, for Jon Stevenson in 1999 and for Ron Larsen between 2000-05. Ring helped guide the Tritons to an NCAA Division III national championship in 2000.
In addition to his duties with UCSD men's volleyball, Ring was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego. He also served as an assistant coach for the Torero women's volleyball team in 2004-05.
Ring got his start at UCSD serving as the men's volleyball team manager from 1989-91 before playing on the team for three seasons.
Ring was the full-time team manager for the USA men's national team from 1991-93 and continued on as a technical advisor through 1996. He accompanied the national team to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the 1996 Games in Atlanta. The 1992 squad left Spain with a bronze medal.
Ring earned two degrees from UCSD, graduating with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1996, followed by a master's degree in chemistry in 1998. A native of Oregon, he played prep volleyball at Sheldon High School in Eugene.