On January 28, 2005, Ruben Nieves became the sixth head coach of the Fresno State women's volleyball program.
As the first male to coach the Bulldogs, Nieves has had 15 years of intercollegiate coaching experience to go along with five years on the high school level.
As a volleyball setter, Nieves won the Block "S" award at Stanford, playing from 1980-81. He graduated from Stanford in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish (1981) and earned his master's degree from Stanford in Education in 1982.
Nieves returns to coaching after a three-year absence. He left his head coaching position at Stanford following the 2001 season to become the Manager of Trainer Development for Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University.
In 11 seasons as the men's head coach at Stanford, from 1991-2001, Nieves directed one of the nation's premier volleyball programs. He guided the Cardinal to the school's only men's volleyball NCAA championship in 1997.
With a career coaching record of 179-92 and a conference coaching record of 131-70, Nieves directed Stanford to eight Top 10 national rankings in his 11-year stint.
While his 179 coaching victories are the most in Stanford history, Nieves guided the Cardinal to two championship appearances in addition to being a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year in the same seasons (1992 and 1997).
His best season was in 1997 when Nieves guided Stanford to a 27-3 overall record and a win over UCLA in the NCAA championship match. In 1992, his second season as head coach, he led Stanford to 24 wins, which still ranks as third-most in school history, and the NCAA championship match, losing to Pepperdine in the finals.
During his tenure as head coach, Nieves coached 19 All-Americans and one AVCA National Player of the Year.
Prior to becoming the head coach, he served as the men's assistant coach for four seasons (1986-1990). The Cardinal reached the national championship match in 1989.
On the women's level, Nieves served as an assistant coach for the Stanford women's team from 1986-88 and helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four twice, including the 1987 NCAA championship match.
His international coaching experience is equally impressive. As head coach, he guided Team USA to the 2001 World University Games Gold Medal, the only men's volleyball team in United States history to win that title. He was the head of the delegation for the 2000 USA Boys Junior National Team that competed in Havana, Cuba and was an advisory staff member for the 1996 U.S. Olympic volleyball team.
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Nieves attended San Marcos High School. Bilingual in Spanish/English, he and wife, Annie, have an 8-year old son, Jesse. His brother, Omel, was a Bulldog basketball letterman (1982-83) and a member of the Bulldogs' 1983 NIT championship team. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Ruben Nieves Coaching Record and Accomplishments
Stanford Head Men's Volleyball Coach
Head Coaching Accomplishments
Assistant Coaching Accomplishments