Don Killian, Member of USC's 1977 NCAA Champ Volleyball Team, Dies
March 30, 2011
Don Killian, a member of the 1977 USC men's volleyball team that won the program's first NCAA championship and the father of 3 Trojan volleyball players, died on Saturday (March 24) in Duarte, Calif., from complications due to cancer. He was 57.
Killian was a 2-year (1976-77) letterman middle blocker for the Trojans. He helped USC post an 18-1 record in 1977, highlighted by a 4-set victory over Ohio State in the NCAA championship match.
Before coming to USC, he was an All-County basketball player at Corona del Mar (Calif.) High.
Three of Killian's children played volleyball at USC. Son Donny played at USC in 2001 and then was a Trojan assistant coach in 2002 after competing 3 seasons at Pepperdine (twice playing in the NCAA Final Four, including on the NCAA runner-up Waves squad in 1998). Daughter Lauren was a member of USC's 2002 NCAA championship and 2000 Final Four women's teams (she lettered from 1999 to 2002, serving as captain as a senior). Son Jimmy started at setter for USC for 4 years (2005-08), earning All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorable mention notice in 2008 as the Trojans twice (2007-08) advanced to the MPSF Tournament.
Killian's brother, Doug, also lettered in volleyball at USC in 1982 and 1983 (the 1982 team finished third in the NCAAs).
His son-in-law is former USC and current NFL quarterback Matt Cassel.
In addition to children Donny (wife Paige), Lauren (husband Matt) and Jimmy and brother Doug (wife Sommer), Killian is survived by daughter Liza, father Don Jr., mother Annabelle, sister Julie Kincheloe (husband Kenny), granddaughters Quinn Cassel and Isabelle Killian and 6 nieces and nephews.