LA JOLLA, Calif. - University of California San Diego men's volleyball head coach Kevin Ring has announced the addition of former U.S. national team player and UCLA Bruin Nick Vogel as the top assistant on his staff.
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.
"Being a San Diego native, I'm honored to be joining the Triton family, especially at this pivotal time for the program," said Vogel. "I'm incredibly enthusiastic about contributing to an institution that has excelled so consistently in academics and athletics, as well as at providing a livable balance of both worlds for its student-athletes. Having known, as well as competed against, Coach Ring for so many years, I am eager to learn from a coach that has so much expertise and influence to offer."
"I am excited that Nick will be joining our staff, as he brings a great deal of experience, having been a former player in the MPSF, alongside his time with the national team and professional clubs," added Ring. "Nick will be valuable in the gym when we train our current squad, as well as on the recruiting trail as we target the next great players for our program."
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.
UC San Diego begins its 25th and final season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) on Thursday, Jan. 5, at UC Irvine. The Tritons' home opener inside RIMAC Arena is set for a 5 p.m. first serve against non-conference foe Grand Canyon two nights later on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Big West Conference announced in May that it has added men's volleyball as a sponsored sport for 2018, with UCSD joining as an associate member. Full Big West institutions CSUN, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, UCI and UC Santa Barbara are likewise departing the MPSF to make up the six-team BWC.