Greetings Eater Volleyball Fans,
As an ‘Eater volleyball alumni and avid supporter of the program who has witnessed the transformation of the program into a national champion contender under John Speraw, I have developed a deep dedication to this program as I am sure all of you have as well.
If you have not already heard, John has accepted the vacant head coach position at UCLA. I am both excited for John but at the same time saddened because he created a culture of great competitors and men in our program. With this the Athletics Administration has launched a national search for a new head coach.
The reason I am writing you is because I feel that as a volleyball community we can speak into this hiring process and finding the correct fit is crucial to continuing the winning tradition that has been formed at Irvine.
I would like to express my support for David Kniffin, former assistant coach of the UC Irvine Men’s Volleyball team from 2006-2011. Not only is David well respected for his immense knowledge of the game, but he also understands the players and their needs. He is the type of coach you could turn to when you needed anything, knowing that he would understand. David was one of the main reasons that we won our first two NCAA national championships. His ability to make the team act as one unit was the reason UC Irvine was able to continuously beat powerhouse athletic programs. He made sure that no matter what went wrong on the court, every player knew how to handle it. Not only was he a great players’ coach, he also has been an integral part of our marketing efforts to increase fan attendance and promote the sport of volleyball in general. He set up the International Volleyball Tournament that UCI has run for the past few years. This tournament is the only one of its kind in the nation. Through his connections in volleyball he was able to bring in top international professional teams to compete exclusively against our program. No other collegiate team was able to gain this crucial preseason experience. I attribute this tournament to the continued success of UC Irvine’s volleyball program. David Kniffin has touched the hearts of all of the players on the teams he has coached and has had a significant impact on the UC Irvine tradition, both as a former player and as an assistant coach. With John Speraw departing to his alma mater, it would make sense for UC Irvine to hire someone who came out of UCI so they would have deeper ties to the school.
Help support David Kniffin by sharing this page with your friends, family, teammates, and community. The committee will be reaching their final decision soon, so don’t wait. Please take a few moments and leave a comment below describing how David Kniffin has touched your life and why he would be a perfect fit for the UC Irvine Men’s Volleyball head coach position. I also would like to encourage you to show your support by writing/emailing Darrin Nelson, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Head of MVB Hiring Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.