Seattle University head volleyball coach Shannon Ellis has announced that Ryan Newell has been hired as the new assistant coach for the volleyball program, effective July 2, 2012.

Newell has been an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at UC San Diego for the past two years, where he assisted the head coach in all aspects of the program. Specifically, he scouted upcoming opponents' offensive tendencies, led his own team through the pre-match warm up, and helped in the evaluation and recruitment of potential student-athletes.

"I would like to thank both Coach Ellis and the Seattle University athletic department for the opportunity to be part of the Redhawk volleyball program." Newell said. "I am very excited to work with this group of young student-athletes who are looking to make an immediate impact in the Western Athletic Conference this coming season. There is a tremendous amount of potential for this program to continue to grow and I look forward to what we can accomplish in the coming seasons."

Before his time at UC San Diego, Newell was a women's volleyball volunteer assistant coach at California in 2009, helping the Golden Bears to a 21-11 overall record and the regional final in the NCAA Tournament.  He has also served as an assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at Chico State from 2005 through 2008, helping the squad reach three straight NCAA Division II Tournaments.

"We are very excited to welcome Ryan to Seattle University. I think he will add tremendously to our program," Ellis said. "He is a great fit for Seattle University in every way. His passion for the game and his work ethic will make a great impact on our student-athletes. This is yet another reason to look forward to our first season in the WAC." 

Newell earned several accolades during his time as a member of the club volleyball team at Chico State, including NCCS/NIRSA D1-AA Most Valuable Player and National Champion as well as Second Team All-NCCVL Division I in 2008. He was the club president and team captain from 2005 to 2008 as he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an organizational management option from Chico State.

Newell joins Ellis, entering her ninth season as head coach of the Redhawk volleyball program, and assistant coach Teron Uy, beginning the fifth year of his second tour of duty at Seattle University. The Seattle U volleyball team welcomes 10 letterwinners back for the 2012 season, the program's first year in the Western Athletic Conference and with eligibility for the NCAA Division I Tournament.

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