Men's Volleyball

    Jeff Nygaard
    Jeff  Nygaard

    Head Coach (second year)


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    It's the second such honor for USC's sixth-year men's volleyball head coach.

    Jeff Nygaard, a 3-time Olympian in indoor and beach volleyball and a 2-time collegiate MVP while playing on a pair of NCAA championship teams, is in his second season as the head coach of the USC men’s volleyball team. He was named head coach on June 4, 2015, after serving the previous 5 seasons as a Trojan assistant.

    A rebuilding USC team went 7-19 overall in his 2016 debut season (5-17 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for 11th place).

    Nygaard, 44, replaced Bill Ferguson, who was USC’s head coach the previous 9 years.

    In the summer of 2015, he was the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team that competed in the Pan American Cup in Reno.

    Nygaard coached USC’s middle blockers in his 5 seasons (2011-15) as Ferguson’s lead assistant. During that span, Troy played in a pair of NCAA Final Fours, won 2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season titles and posted an 88-48 (64.7%) overall mark. The 2015 Trojans went 19-9 overall, placed fourth in the MPSF, advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals and finished with a No. 7 national ranking.

    Before coming to USC, Nygaard was a volunteer assistant coach with the UCLA men’s team for 3 seasons (2002-04). He spent 2009 as an assistant women’s coach at Whittier.

    He has been involved with USA Volleyball, serving as an assistant with the Pan American men’s indoor team in 2010, as head coach at the USA High Performance Clinic (Iowa/Midwest Region) for indoor women since 2010 and on staff with the Elite Development Program on the beach since 2013.

    The 6-8 Nygaard was a middle blocker on the U.S. National Team from 1993 to 2000 and represented the U.S. in 3 Olympics. He was a member of the indoor team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and teamed with Dain Blanton on the beach in the 2004 Olympics. He also helped the U.S. win a bronze medal at the 1994 World Championships.

    He played indoors professionally in Greece (1996-97), Croatia (1998), France (1999) and Turkey (2007). He also played on the 1999 and 2001 Los Angeles Athletic Club teams that won the U.S. Men’s Open national titles.

    Nygaard played on the pro beach tour from 2001 to 2011, winning AVP MVP honors in 2003 when he and Blanton were named AVP Team of the Year. He won 7 AVP tourneys and an FIVB event, with nearly $500,000 in career earnings. He captured a beach tourney for 4 consecutive years (2002-05), including an AVP-best 3 victories in 2003.

    As a 4-year (1992-95) starter at UCLA, Nygaard was the first collegiate men’s player to be named National Player of the Year in 2 consecutive seasons when he did so in 1994 and 1995. He was also the National and Conference Freshman of the Year in 1992. He was a 3-time (1993-95) All-American and All-Conference first teamer. He helped the Bruins to the 1993 NCAA title, setting an NCAA tourney record by hitting .867 in the semifinals and earning NCAA All-Tournament co-MVP honors. In 1994, he set UCLA season records with 650 kills while averaging 6.98 kills per match as the Bruins advanced to the NCAA championship match, where he made the NCAA All-Tourney team. The 1995 UCLA team won the NCAA title while posting a 31-1 record (going undefeated in league play) and he was named NCAA All-Tournament MVP. His 123 career aces set a school record.

    In 2016, he was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in 1995 and began work on his master’s in English at Whittier.

    He helped La Follette High in Madison, Wisc., to the 1987 and 1989 state championships and a runner-up finish in 1988.

    Nygaard was born on Aug. 3, 1972. He and his wife, Renee, have 2 daughters, Sophia, 9, and Elena, 6, and a son, Alexander, 1.