Paul Warren is in his 10th season as an assistant coach for the UC San Diego men’s volleyball program in 2016. He is in his second year as a volunteer while pursuing other business ventures, after spending the 2013 and 2014 campaigns as head coach Kevin Ring's top assistant.
The 2013 and 2014 Tritons posted program-best fourth-place finishes at the annual UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. In 2013, UCSD achieved its first-ever season sweep of USC, the 2012 national runner-up. The Tritons boasted all-time highs of seven and eight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic honorees over the two years.
Warren helped guide the 2012 Tritons to a 9-19 overall record and ninth place in the MPSF with a 6-16 ledger. UCSD posted 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.
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 an 18-match home win streak for 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. Middle blocker Calvin Ross took over as the school’s career leader in blocks. Four Tritons were named MPSF All-Academic in 2011.
In 2010, Warren helped UCSD maintain a top-15 national ranking through the entire season. The Tritons achieved a number of program firsts in 2009, with wins over volleyball powerhouses UCLA, Hawai’i and eventual national runner-up USC. UCSD wound up ranked 11th in the country.
Warren also served as a volunteer assistant for the University of San Diego women’s volleyball team for six seasons from 2006-11.
Warren played collegiately at UCSD at the swing hitter and opposite positions from 1991-92.
Warren brought a wealth of coaching experience to the Tritons. He thrives on improving and building each program he’s a part of. He previously served as the head coach at American High School in Fremont. While at AHS, he gradually built the program into a competitive entity, the team making its first league playoff berth in his final season at the helm in 2006.
Warren previously held the position of girl’s head coach at Sheridan High School in Englewood, Colo., where he again turned the program around. He led the squad to its first winning season in over a decade in just his second year in charge.
He was also the head girl’s coach for the City Beach Volleyball Club in Fremont from 2003-05, and So Cal Volleyball Club in 2011-12.
Warren earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego in 1992. He resides in Oceanside with his wife, Amber, and five of their nine children.