In August 2022, Texas introduced that seaside volleyball would change into its twenty first intercollegiate sport. With their first on-the-sand season this previous spring on the Division 1 stage and a report of 1-12, the Longhorns realized that a necessary side of their success was lacking — a long-term head coach.
“Volleyball is essential at Texas,” Texas volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott mentioned. “The aim was to search out the most effective coach that had a confirmed report of constructing a seaside volleyball program right into a Nationwide Champion. I stay up for seeing all of our indoor volleyball followers totally assist our Texas Seashore program on their path to being the most effective within the nation.”
On Might 16, Texas introduced that former two-time UCLA NCAA Champion head coach Stein Metzger would be part of the Longhorns on the Forty Acres as head coach of their newly inducted sport.
“We’re completely thrilled that Coach Metzger shall be becoming a member of our illustrious group of elite coaches right here at Texas,” Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte mentioned. “He constructed a Seashore program from the bottom up at UCLA, has had extraordinary success, gained many championships in brief order and is so extremely revered in his sport. Like Coach Elliott’s indoor program, we all know Coach Metzger will construct our seaside program right into a power to be reckoned with.”
Over the previous 11 seasons, Metzger spent his time with the Bruins and led UCLA to 2 back-to-back victorious nationwide championship seasons in 2018 and 2019. Most lately, the Bruins reached the championship sport however fell quick, ending the yr with a 40-4 report.
Earlier than changing into a head coach for the Bruins, Metzger performed for UCLA as an indoor volleyball student-athlete. Whereas in school, he was part of three nationwide championship rosters. Metzger was later inducted into the UCLA Corridor of Fame for his accomplishments. Now, Metzger is able to add the top coach of the Texas seaside volleyball program to his checklist of achievements.
“I’m excited by the distinctive alternative to guide Texas Athletics’ latest sport,” Metzger mentioned. “The Longhorns volleyball fanbase is second to none, and I’m decided to assist create a aggressive seaside volleyball program that’s worthy of their ardour. I got here to Texas as a result of I do know our student-athletes could have the assist and sources to realize their objectives.”