Russ Friedland enters his second year as an assistant coach with UNLV volleyball after being hired in February 2013. In addition to his everyday coaching duties, Friedland also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his move to Las Vegas, Friedland served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville following a four-year run as the head coach at the Metro American Volleyball Club (MAVBC) in Washington, D.C.
During his last season at Tennessee, Friedland helped the Lady Volunteers to a 22-8 overall mark and a trip to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The year concluded with a 3-2 loss to Michigan in the first round of postseason play. Before the loss, the Lady Vols had rattled off 13 wins in their final 14 regular-season matches following a 9-5 start to the year.
Friedland's responsibilities at Tennessee were assisting Rob Patrick, a two-time National Coach of the Year and longstanding head coach at UT, with mentoring the setters and defensive specialists as well as off-the-court duties, such as opponent scouting, film breakdown and exchange, and helping coach and run camps.
Before his time at UT, he guided the MAVBC's 17-Travel squad to a No. 1 ranking in the Chesapeake Region in 2012 after winning the South Atlantic title in both 2010 and `11. During his tenure with the club team, Friedland worked as an assistant coach at Howard University, where he helped the Bison to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament appearance.
Besides his time at Tennessee and Howard, Friedland assisted at George Washington University, American University and the University of Connecticut. He also served as the head men's and women's coach at Daniel Webster College from 2007-08.
A native of Mansfield, Conn., Friedland earned his undergraduate degree in sport management from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., in 2005. A four-year letterwinner on the men's volleyball team, he received his M.B.A. from his alma mater a year later.