Rich Feller
Rich Feller

Player Profile
Head Coach

15th year

Alma Mater:
San Diego State '73


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Rich Feller enters his 15th season with the Golden Bears as undoubtedly the most successful women's volleyball coach in California history.

Since he first stepped on campus in 1999, Feller has been able to craft the Bears into a Pac-10 contender and a national powerhouse. The facts speak for themselves - a school-record 11 consecutive postseason appearances, seven 20-win seasons in the past nine years, six NCAA round of 16 appearances, 13 different All-America selections and an appearance in the 2007 and 2010 NCAA semifinals.

Feller directed the Bears to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th year in a row in 2012 despite dealing with a deluge of injuries. Cal lost two starters to season-ending injuries before the campaign ever started and had to contend with an assortment of other ailments throughout the year. Still, the Bears notched victories over top-10 opponents Oregon and Hawaii and got back to the postseason once again.

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 13 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.

Beyond taking the Bears to the postseason, Feller has generated excitement in the local volleyball community. Cal's Haas Pavilion was one of four host sites for the NCAA regional semifinals in 2012 and has also hosted NCAA first and second round matches in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009. His players are closely connected to the community through their commitment to camps and clinics offered throughout the year. During the summer of 2008, Feller coordinated the hosting of the USA Women's Indoor Volleyball team and a scrimmage for the public in its final week before departing for the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

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.

"The opportunity to coach at Cal and to have the challenge of competing in the Pac-10 Conference was a dream come true," said Feller. "Any coach who is involved in college volleyball would relish the chance to coach in the Pac-10 and to come to Cal. Working at Cal is one of the best jobs in the nation."

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 (27), Ashleigh (25) and Ryan (23); and a grown stepson, Brad Bertolet.

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