STEPH BRAND has completed four seasons as assistant coach at the University of Nebraska Kearney. During her tenure, the Lopers have claimed four MIAA crowns and a National Runner-up finish while accumulating 139 victories to only ten loses. She has several years’ experience as a club director and coach including roles with Nebraska Gold Volleyball Club of Kearney and GI Juniors. She spent the 2015 season as an assistant coach for her alma mater GICC Crusaders before joining the Loper program in 2016. Brand’s standout playing career includes a high school state championship, multiple conference titles, and four trips to the NCAA tournament as a collegian (three for the Lopers and one at Wayne State).
"We could not be more pleased about the opportunity to keep Coach Brand on the Loper Volleyball staff. She is a talented young coach and recruiter who can have a great impact on the program in her expanded role. We are very fortunate that the timing worked out for her to stay with the Blue and Gold," said UNK head coach Rick Squiers.
Last fall, the Lopers went 30-4, reached the NCAA Tournament for a 19th straight year, won the MIAA Tournament title and were MIAA regular season co-champions. Finishing the season ranked ninth nationally, UNK had seven players named all-conference and one earn All-American honors.
In 2016, UNK went 35-2 and won both the MIAA regular season and tournament titles. The Lopers finished fifth in the final national poll and had three AVCA All-Americans.
Before returning to Kearney, Brand was the assistant varsity and head junior varsity volleyball coach at her prep alma mater, Grand Island Central Catholic. As a player for the Crusaders, she was a four-year starter and a member of the 2010 Class C-1 state champions that posted a perfect 35-0 record.
Brand left GICC as the school’s all-time leader in career kills and was named honorary captain of the Omaha World Herald’s 2010 Class C-1 all-state team. She was named second-team All-Nebraska as a junior.
In college, Brand played for four NCAA Tournament teams at Wayne State and UNK. She was a part of three Loper teams that won a combined 90 matches from 2012-2014. A three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll qualifier, Brand co-captained the 2014 squad that went 27-4 and tied for the MIAA regular season title.
Brand holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNK in Education.
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