UTEP Appoints Rydberg as Assistant Volleyball Coach

Nels Rydberg

Feb. 20, 2014

El Paso, Texas – UTEP head volleyball coach Holly Watts announces the hiring of Nels Rydberg on Thursday, February 20th.

“We are so excited to have Nels Rydberg joining our staff,” Watts said. “He brings vast experience and integrity and it will definitely help take our team to the next level.”

Rydberg comes to UTEP with an impressive resume of over 21 years coaching volleyball on the collegiate, club and high school levels. During his career, he has coached 13 All-Conference players and two All-Americans (Division II).

Prior to UTEP, Rydberg served as an assistant coach at the University of Portland (2013). During his time with the Pilots, Rydberg assisted in all areas of the program including: recruiting, camp administration, travel arrangements, budget preparation, scouting, statistical evaluation, video analysis, skill development and practice planning.

While at Portland, Rydberg mentored All-Freshman West Coast Conference Team honoree Makayla Lindburg and All-West Coast Conference honorable mention Autumn Wedan. Lindburg ranked second on the team in kills (246). Outside hitter Wedan led the league in kills with 438 and ranked 16th in the nation in kills per set (4.47). The senior also compiled 252 digs last season.

Prior to Portland, Rydberg served as an assistant coach at UNLV (2010-2012). During his time with the Rebels, Rydberg coached three All-Mountain West Conference performers and two All-Mountain West Conference Tournament performers.

Rydberg also served as an assistant coach at Wright State (2007-09), Arkansas State (2000-02), Oregon (1995-99), Portland State (1994-95) and Cal Poly (1991-94).

Rydberg’s experience also includes coaching positions with several volleyball clubs including the SLO Juniors Volleyball Club, where has was the head coach for three years after one year as an assistant. He was involved with the Storm N West Volleyball Club, Southside Volleyball Club, Athletes in Action men's touring team and Webfoot Juniors Volleyball Club.

Rydberg received his degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly in 1993 and his master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in motor behavior from UNLV in 2011, where he also functioned as a research assistant and instructor

Along with his coaching experience, Rydberg has also contributed to the sport in writing. He is the author of two publications:Basic motor learning principles for coaching volleyball, and Enhancing Volleyball Skills using Practice Variables.

Most recently, Rydberg presented research entitled Mindset: Recent motor behavior research applied to volleyball at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Volleyball Coaches Associations (AVCA) in Seattle, Washington.

“With the addition of Nels, I feel that our coaching staff is very well rounded,” Watts said. “I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the upcoming season and for seasons to come.”



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