UCLA hires Alfred Reft as ladies’s volleyball coach

He’s already an assistant on Karch Kiraly’s nationwide group workers, and now Alfred Reft will take over on the legendary coach’s alma mater.

Reft was introduced as UCLA’s subsequent ladies’s volleyball coach on Monday, bringing the ladies’s nationwide group seasonal assistant and former San Diego affiliate head coach to Westwood for his first head teaching place. Reft is coming off a nationwide semifinal look with San Diego, a primary for the varsity.

“I am honored and could not be more excited to lead such a historic and storied program like the one at UCLA,” Reft mentioned in a press release. “The lineage of excellence is thick and runs deep, resting on the shoulders of our alumni who have laid a foundation of greatness for future generations to come.”

Reft, a former All-American libero at Hawaii, helped San Diego to its greatest season ever in 2022. The Toreros (31-2) accomplished their second good convention season by going 18-0 within the West Coast Convention and had three AVCA All-American choices, together with setter Gabby Blossom, who was the varsity’s second first-team honoree. Reft served as performing head coach for 2 video games instead of AVCA nationwide coach of the yr Jennifer Petrie and led the Toreros to sweeps of San Francisco and Santa Clara.

With UCLA’s upcoming transfer to the Massive Ten, Reft received’t be shell-shocked by the brand new convention after serving as an assistant at Minnesota (2010-12) and Illinois (2018-19). He helped the Illini to the Remaining 4 in 2018.

After his taking part in profession, which included an alternate place for the 2008 Olympics, Reft served as a volunteer assistant coach for the U.S. males’s and girls’s groups in 2016-18. He was employed as a seasonal assistant for the ladies’s group in December 2021 below Kiraly, a legend within the sport who received three NCAA titles as a participant at UCLA, received Olympic gold medals in indoor and on the seashore and led the U.S. ladies group to its first Olympic gold in Tokyo.

“I am beyond ecstatic for him,” Kiraly mentioned in a press release. “He’s so ready as a person and a coach to aim for the stars in Westwood.”

Reft will take over at UCLA for Michael Sealy, who stepped down this month after 13 years on the helm. Since successful the nationwide championship in Sealy’s second yr, the Bruins have managed to advance to the Elite Eight solely as soon as, in 2016. They completed 16-13 this season and missed the NCAA match.