NEWBERRY — Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson has announced the hiring of Ross Kessler as the next leader of the Wolves’ volleyball program.
“I’m very honored that Mr. Patterson, President Scherrens and the Board of Trustees have put their faith in me,” Kessler said. “I could tell from my short time in Newberry that it’s a special place. I’m so glad to be a part of it and I can’t wait to get started.”
“We had an outstanding pool of candidates,” said Patterson. “Ross Kessler is the best fit to lead our volleyball program at Newberry College. I am thrilled that he has accepted this opportunity.”
Kessler has spent the last four seasons in the Division I ranks as an assistant coach. In 2017 he helped Arkansas State to a 21-win season as Offensive Coordinator, overseeing setter and attacker training and development. A former setter, Kessler also worked extensively with the Red Wolves’ setters in the areas of footwork and peripheral vision.
He spent the 2016 season at Troy coordinating the Trojans’ defense while also training the setters, helping six players surpass 120 digs and two players attain 95 blocks. He held the same role at Georgia Southern the previous year, where Eagles’ libero Alex Beecher ranked 10th nationally and led the Sun Belt Conference in digs per set while setting a school record for total digs.
Kessler began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant with Kentucky in 2014, where he worked primarily with middles and setters. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 28-6 and had four players named all-Southeastern Conference.
As a student at Butler, Kessler was the starting setter for the school’s club volleyball program for four seasons. He spent three seasons as the starting setter at Louisville, Kentucky’s Trinity High School, where he led the team to three straight state titles.
Kessler graduated from Butler in 2009 with a degree in Economics. He received a Master of Business Administration in 2012 from Bellarmine. He was selected by a search committee that included Patterson, Dr. Sandy Scherrens, Dr. David Rachels, Todd Knight and Deedee Alexander.
His coaching duties at Newberry will officially begin April 1.