May 18, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University Athletic Director Ted Leland announced the resignation of head men's volleyball coach Ruben Nieves on Friday. Nieves, who is a 1981 graduate of Stanford, is stepping down to take a position with the Stanford Athletic Department's Positive Coaching Alliance.
"My family and I are so grateful to Stanford Athletics for all the department has done for us," Nieves said. " I wish to thank every Stanford Men's Volleyball player for his hard work and dedication. And I hope that my colleagues in the athletic department know how much their friendship and support means to me."
"Ruben has been a valuable member of our athletic family over a decade, and we're thrilled to have him remain here in a different capacity," Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland said. "Ruben has made our men's volleyball program one of the best in the nation."
Nieves served as the Cardinal's head coach for 11 seasons (1991-2001), and led the program to its first-ever NCAA Championship in 1997. The all-time winningest coach in Stanford's men's volleyball history compiled a career record of 179-92 (.661), including three 20-win seasons.
In conference play, Nieves guided the Cardinal to a 131-70 (.652) mark and three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. He also coached his players to 13 AVCA All-American honors and 27 All-MPSF honors, in addition to five U.S. National Team members and two Olympians.
In 1997, Nieves guided the Cardinal to a 27-3 record and the school's first-ever national title in the sport en route to being named American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year. Stanford won 17 consecutive matches to end the season, including a thrilling 3-2 win over UCLA in the National Championship Match.
Nieves began his coaching career as a women's volleyball assistant during the 1986 and `87 Final Four campaigns, and was also the men's assistant from 1987-90. He was then named head men's volleyball coach on November 16, 1990. As a collegiate player, Nieves was a setter and defensive specialist at Stanford from 1979-80 and earned the prestigious Block S Award for outstanding achievement in 1980.
"It has been a thrill coaching at my alma mater the past fifteen years," Nieves said. "Although it is not easy to leave behind a program I care so much about, I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Positive Coaching Alliance. I have had a strong interest in the PCA since it was founded a few years ago by Jim Thompson, and I feel strongly about this organization's mission of 'transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth'."
Stanford University - Announced the resignation of head men's volleyball coach Ruben Nieves.