MEET OUR COACHING STAFF
"A" Team Head Coach
Will Russell is a Tucson native and University of Arizona graduate, as well as a Men’s Club Volleyball alumni. Will began coaching at Salpointe Catholic High School in 2005. In 2010 he joined Volleyball Club Dinamo, a local junior girls club, where he later became the Club Director. Will has also coached at Central Arizona College, Zona Volleyball Club, and more recently the Arizona Women’s Club. For the past six years he has also worked as an EMT, serving Tucson and the surrounding communities.
Will enjoys pretending to still be in his 20’s, going to music festivals, watching t.v. on the couch with his girlfriend and dog, and traveling to England, where he’s originally from.
"B" Team Head Coach
My name is Stephen Huff and I was born and raised in Sierra Vista, AZ. In high school I played 3 years varsity at Buena High School as a setter and middle. Once I started attending the U of A I played for the B team for two years playing almost every position on the court and earning a silver medal in 2013 and a 5th place finish at nationals in 2014. Going into my senior year I realized I wanted to gear my energy towards coaching and was luckily trusted with coaching the b team for the 2014-2015 season where we finished with a gold medal. The following year we were able to run it back and win gold again. 2016-2019 ended with finishes of 5th, 9th, and 3rd. Currently I coach at Rincon/University High school for both the girls and boys varsity teams, and teach there as well. I have also been coaching for Arizona Premier Volleyball (APV) a local boys club for the past six years ranging from 15's to 18's. Though I coach many teams and teach full time I continue to come back and coach the U of A boys because of the high level of play, the family aspect, and getting a chance to travel while coaching. Bear Down!!
Ryan was introduced to volleyball at the age of 13 when he was invited to play on a boy’s club team that competed annually at Junior Olympics and Boys Nationals. The team had much national success and went on to win several JO medals going through their 18U season. During this time, Ryan was named a Junior Olympic All American twice during the 16 & 18U seasons. Due to the success of this team and the persistence of its head coach a lawsuit was filed so that boys could play high school volleyball that made its way to the Supreme Court. The finding of the court paved a way for boys’ volleyball to be an officially recognized as an AIA sport. This effort helped turn Arizona into one of most competitive states for boys’ volleyball to this day.
Ryan received a scholarship offer to play for the Division 1 Rutgers University Men’s Volleyball team. He was a starting outside hitter for one year before transferring to Orange Coast College.
Having a love for the beach game as well, Ryan moved to the east coast to play on the Molson Beer East Coast volleyball circuit where he had several top 3 finishes prior to his freshman season starting at Rutgers. He also has 5 wins at the once very prestigious Cat Box Classic open tournament.
After returning to Tucson, Ryan earned his BA in Elementary Education while coaching high school girls’ volleyball at Salpointe Catholic High school. Shortly after that he took over the varsity programs for both the boys and girls teams leading the girl’s team to two appearances in the 5A state semifinals. Ryan was named the Southern Arizona coach of the year in 1995. During this time, he also began coaching with the newly formed Zona Volleyball Club for 5 seasons.
After coaching at Salpointe, Ryan became the volunteer assistant with the University of Arizona women’s team which made a trip to the National Tournament that season. Ryan loved the collegiate game but had three small children that he wanted to focus on and committed to spending time with them as well as coaching their various sports teams.
Ryan returned to Zona Volleyball Club for the past ten years assisting with various travel teams, and for the past 3 seasons has been coaching with the boys program at Arizona Premier Volleyball Club. The 18U teams coached at APV all finished in the top 3 at regionals and most recently the 17U Zona team that he assisted with this past season won medals in both Salt Lake City (Gold) and Las Vegas (Silver), both National qualifying tournaments. Ryan is the head Beach Volleyball coach at Canyon Del Oro HS and has been for the past 5 seasons.
Ryan and his wife Tassi have three kids Nicholas, Jack and Katie. Nicholas a graduate of the U of A works in sales in San Diego, Jack a Senior at the U of A plays on the Men’s Volleyball team and Katie a sophomore, plays collegiate Beach Volleyball at San Diego Christian College.
"A" Team Co-Head Coach