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Russ Friedland
Russ  Friedland

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Endicott College, '05


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UNLV volleyball will hold camps specializing in individual and team instruction.


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UNLV volleyball will host nine camps this summer.


Camp Registration Is Open

UNLV volleyball will host 10 camps this summer.

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Russ Friedland enters his third 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.

Since his arrival in the Las Vegas Valley, the Rebels have amassed a 42-21 record behind a pair of winning records. The Scarlet & Gray finished two-matches over .500 (16-14) in 2013 before it won 78.8 percent (26-7) of its contests a year later.

He has coached a total of eight student-athletes to Mountain West All-Conference honors. Sekola Falemaka was recognized as an All-MW Team member in 2013, while Allison Davies (2014), Daryn Glenn (2014), Bree Hammel (2014), Alexis Patterson (2014) and Katlin Winters (2014: Honorable Mention) earned Conference accolades, as well.

The 2014 campaign was a memorable one in so many ways. The team set single-season program records in overall (26) and conference (14) wins. The Rebels, who reset a total of seven program marks and tied five more, were rewarded with five of their own named to the All-MW team, including Hammel, an AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention selection.

The 2014 Rebels broke or tied 12 records, which were highlighted with program bests in overall (26) and conference (14) victories. In addition, the team knocked off then-#7 Colorado State at home for the program’s biggest win over a ranked opponent.

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 17-1 (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 helped qualify the MAVBC's 17-Travel squad to multiple girls junior national championships. His team also received 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.

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