Rich Feller, who in 15 seasons is undoubtedly the most successful indoor volleyball coach in California history, begins his first season guiding the Golden Bears' new sand volleyball program.
Since he first stepped on campus in 1999, Feller has been able to craft the Bears' indoor program into a Pac-10 contender and a national powerhouse. The facts speak for themselves - a school-record 12 consecutive postseason appearances, seven 20-win seasons in the past 10 years, six NCAA round of 16 appearances, 14 different All-America selections and an appearance in the 2007 and 2010 NCAA semifinals.
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.