Beach Volleyball Coaching Staff
Rich Feller
Director Of Volleyball
Coach Info:
Position: Director Of Volleyball
Alma Mater: San Diego State '73
Experience: 1st Year

Rich Feller, who in 17 seasons is undoubtedly the most successful indoor volleyball coach in California history, is in his first year as Cal's Director of Volleyball.

Feller spent the first two seasons in program history as head coach before becoming Director of Volleyball last July. He guided the Bears new program through its inception, including its first season in 2014 which consisted of almost primarily student-athletes from Cal's indoor volleyball team. The program went to almost strictly beach-only student-athletes in 2015.

Feller became head coach of the Bears' indoor program in 1999 and crafted the team into a Pac-12contender and a national powerhouse. He's led Cal to seven 20-win seasons, six NCAA round of 16 appearances, 14 different All-America selections and an appearance in the 2007 and 2010 NCAA semifinals. He guided the Bears to 12 straight postseason appearances.

Feller was named AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the Bears to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA title match. Cal won its first-ever share of the Pac-10 Conference title and produced two first-team All-Americans in the same season for the first time in school history.

Feller also put the Bears at the top of college volleyball when the 2011 squad was ranked No. 1 in the country for four weeks. The Bears were ranked in the top-10 all season and finished with an overall record of 26-7.

Feller was also the Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year in 2010, as well as 2007. Under his guidance, seven different Bears have produced 14 AVCA All-America certificates, including Cal's first Pac-10 Player of the Year, outside hitter Hana Cutura in 2009 and the program's first AVCA National Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd in 2010.

Before arriving at Berkeley, Feller was an assistant coach for the United States Women's National Volleyball Team from 1997-98. Prior to his stint with team USA, he was a highly successful head coach at Colorado State. In his 14 years directing the Rams, Feller compiled a 299-167 (.642) record with eight NCAA tournament appearances, two conference titles, 12 top-25 final rankings and several All-America, all-conference and all-academic athletes. In Feller's first season at Colorado State in 1983, he led his team to a 26-12 record, a top-20 ranking and a NCAA tournament appearance for the first time in school history. In 1987, Feller was named AVCA Regional Coach of the Year.

From 1980-83, Feller was the top assistant to Taras Liskevych (USA Olympic coach from 1985-96 and current Oregon State head coach) at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, helping the Tigers to second, fourth and fifth-place national finishes in his three years with the program.

Growing up in Palo Alto, Feller already had ties to the Bay Area before arriving at Cal in 1999. His father, David, earned his Ph.D. at Cal and his mother, Bernice, was a Cal undergraduate.

Feller earned his bachelor's degree in recreation administration from San Diego State in 1973 and currently lives in the Montclair District of the Oakland Hills with his wife, Stacey. He has three grown children - Evan, Ashleigh and Ryan; and a grown stepson, Brad Bertolet.