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Nels Rydberg
Nels  Rydberg

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Cal Poly '93/UNLV '11

Nels Rydberg is in his second year as an assistant coach at UNLV.

Rydberg came to UNLV after spending nearly 20 years coaching volleyball on the collegiate, club and high school levels. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Wright State University (2007-09), where he assisted in all areas of the program, including: recruiting, camp administration, travel arrangement, budget preparation, scouting, statistical evaluation, video analysis, skill development and practice planning.

Prior to his two-year stint at Wright State, Rydberg was also an assistant at Arkansas State (2000-02), Oregon (1995-99), Portland State (1994-95) and Cal Poly (1991-94).

Overall, Rydberg has coached 11 NCAA Division I all-conference performers, two NCAA Division II All-Americans and one all-region selection.

Before and during his time at Cal Poly, Rydberg was an assistant coach (Dec. 1990-July 1991) and head coach (Dec. 1991-July 1994) for the SLO Juniors Volleyball Club. He was also a volleyball instructor at Cal Poly, where he taught intermediate, advanced and professional activity classes (1992-94).

Rydberg has also been involved with the Storm N West Volleyball Club, Southside Volleyball Club, Athletes in Action men's touring team and Webfoot Juniors Volleyball Club. He has volunteered at the high school level, as well. Additionally, he spent time as a volleyball instructor at Oregon and taught intermediate and advanced classes.

He served as a police officer in Pismo Beach, Calif., for three years before coaching at Wright State.

Rydberg earned his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Cal Poly in 1993 and his master's degree in motor behavior at UNLV, in 2011, where he had also functioned as a research assistant and instructor.

Besides his coaching experience on the court, he has contributed to the sport in writing. His article "Basic Motor Learning Principles for Coaching Volleyball" appeared in the August/September 1994 edition of Coaching Volleyball. He was a contributing author to the 1995 book Mental Training and Performance Enhancement Guide for Volleyball Coaches and Players.

Rydberg, a native of San Luis Obispo, Calif., has resided in Las Vegas with his wife, Julie, since 2009.

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