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Head Coach David Kniffin

David Kniffin was named head men's volleyball coach on July 9, 2012.

In four seasons under Kniffin, the Anteaters have won a National Championship (2013), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title (2015) and the MPSF Conference Tournament (2015).

Kniffin was named the 2015 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year and has been named Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year in 2013.

With UCI's 2013 National Championship, Kniffin became just the second coach in the 44-year history of NCAA men's volleyball to guide a team to the NCAA Championship in his first season. He led the Anteaters to a 25-7 overall record and a second place finish (18-6) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Anteaters started and ended the year ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll.

Kniffin returned to his alma mater after serving one year as an assistant coach with the women’s volleyball program at Illinois. At Illinois, Kniffin helped guide the Illini women to the championship match of the NCAA tournament in 2011 for the first time in school history.

Kniffin spent five seasons (2007-2011) as an assistant coach with the men’s program at UC Irvine, earning American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year accolades in 2010.

While Kniffin was a member of the UCI staff, the Anteaters advanced to the post-season each year, winning national titles in 2007 and 2009.  In his five years at UCI, the program posted a 96-52 record and was nationally ranked each of those five seasons, including 12 weeks at No. 1.

Kniffin graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2003.  He was the starting setter for the 2002 and 2003 teams, guiding UCI to the school’s first No. 1 ranking and first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation post-season victory as a senior.  He ranks fifth in UCI career assists (2,806) and posted the second-most single-season assists (1,632) in 2003.  Kniffin earned UCI Scholar-Athlete and MPSF All-Academic honors during his Anteater career.

Following graduation, Kniffin played professionally for CAI Voleibol Teruel (Spain) for two seasons, helping the team to the division championship one year, while teaching English and helping organize European Tours for American volleyball players looking to compete abroad.

A graduate of Chico (Calif.) High School, Kniffin began his playing career at Loyola Marymount until the program was dropped following the 2000 season.  He transferred to Los Angeles Pierce College and started on the undefeated state-championship team in 2001, garnering first-team all-league honors.


Contact Head Coach David Kniffin

Email:  dkniffin@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-5908

Office: IAB 122

Assistant Coach Mark Presho

Mark Presho enters his 14th season with the Anteaters as an assistant coach. Presho has been on the sidelines for all four of UCI's national championships.

He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Hawaii where he earned All-American honors as a junior and senior. He is second all-time in kills 1,582 for the Warriors behind Costa Theocharidis, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA but his statistics remain.

A former national team member, Presho went on to have a successful career on the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball 4-Man Tour playing for Team Paul Mitchell, where he won a league championship. He has won eight US Open National Championships with Team Paul Mitchell.

The Orange County native is a graduate of Edison High School.



Office: IAB 120

Assistant Coach Jordan Cheng

Jordan Cheng is in his second year as an assistant coach at UCI.

Before coming to UCI, he served as a women's assistant coach at Concordia.

Cheng graduated from Chapman University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business. Cheng, who founded the university's club volleyball team in 2009, played opposite and setter from 2011-13.

Following graduation, Cheng became the Director of Operations for the men's volleyball team at Pepperdine where he acted as the team's Data Volley statistician, coordinated travel and other day-to-day administrative duties in 2014-15.

He received his master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration serving as the men's graduate assistant coach at Concordia University.

Cheng has worked with the USA men's national team and is the team manager with the 2016 U.S. Pan American Cup team. He served as the Technical Coordinator for the 2015 Pan American Cup team.

He was prepped at Beckman High School where he was an All-Pacific Coast League setter.

Cheng won the 2016 Huntington Beach Open and has a AAA rating on the beach for the second consecutive year.







Contact Assistant Coach 

Email: chengjc1@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-5908

Office: IAB 120


Volunteer Coach LV Hanson

LV Hanson is in his second season as a volunteer assistant with a focus on culture and leadership development.  

Hanson is a 2002 graduate of the University of Colorado where he earned his bachelor's degree in communication and business.  He was a four-year starter and captain for the men's volleyball club team, earning first-team All-American honors as a junior and senior.  Following graduation, Hanson played professionally for Astec Triglav in Kranj, Slovenia and on the beach in AVP tournaments.

Hanson currently holds an MBTI Practitioner Certification from CPP, TotalSDI Facilitator Certification from Personal Strengths Publishing, and a LifePlan Facilitator Certification from the Paterson Center.







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