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Head coach Genny Volpe and assistant coaches John Klanac and Zheng Xiang set the curriculum for training. Genny Volpe Volleyball Camp Staff also includes college, club, and high school coaches from around the country. We also are proud to have many of our current student-athletes actively involved in coaching the camps.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GENNY VOLPE - HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACHGenny headshot

Entering 2020, her 17th season as head coach, Genny Volpe has established the Owl volleyball program as a power in the Southwest. Under Volpe's watch, the Owls have been to five NCAA championships (2004, 2008, 2009, 2018, 2019), the only five appearances in school history.

The sixth head coach in Rice history, Volpe has the highest winning percentage (.632) in school history and has compiled a 313-182 record (most wins in school history).  

In addition, Volpe serves as the Conference USA representative on the AVCA Division I Head Coaches Committee. 

Under Volpe's guidance the Owls had a magical 2019 campaign, recording the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory and the second-most wins (27) in school history. The Owls finished the season ranked in the AVCA Top-25 (24th) for first time in program history and climbed as high as No. 17 during the season. The Owls also finished the season with a No. 19 rankings in the NCAA RPI, the highest finish in school history. The Owls had two players (Nicole Lennon and Anota Adekunle) earn AVCA All-American Honorable Mention honors. The Owls also had a school record-tying four players named to AVCA Southwest All-Region Team and three Owls named to C-USA All-Academic Team.

In addition, the Owls placed a league-high six players on C-USA All-Conference teams. Perhaps the highlight of the season was the team's victory over No. 3 Texas for the first time in program history. Along the way the Owls set a school record with 20 sweeps. Volpe also surpassed 300 career wins during the season. 

In 2018 Volpe led the Owls to a 24-7 record and a sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournaments crowns. The Owls achieved their best C-USA record (12-2) and recorded the longest winning streak (15 straight) in program history. Rice twice appeared in the AVCA Coaches Poll and placed five players on the 2018 All-C-USA teams, including three first-team members and the C-USA Player of the Year in Nicole Lennon. The Owls ranked top 10 in the nation in kills per set (7th-14.64), digs per set (8th-18.16), and assists per set (8th-13.74).

Also the 2008 C-USA Coach of the Year, Volpe has coached teams that earned at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2008, and teams that won an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2009 and 2018 C-USA Tournament Championships.

Under Volpe, the Owls have finished in the top four of their conference eight times, including three second-place finishes (2004, 2011 and 2012).

While at the helm for the Owls, Volpe has coached 14 All-Americans, and 59 all-conference selections. Under Volpe, players have received a C-USA Player of the Week award 92 times since joining the league in 2005.

Success for Volpe's athletes is not limited to the volleyball floor, as 18 Owls have been tabbed as C-USA All-Academic Team selections, since the start of that honor in 2006. In addition, Leah Mikesky was named an CoSIDA Academic First-Team All-American in 2016.


Klanac headshotJOHN KLANAC - ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH

John Klanac joined volleyball program as assistant coach in 2018 and in his two seasons the Owls have posted a 51-11 record (.822).

The Owls had a magical 2019 campaign, recording the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory and the second-most wins (27) in school history. The Owls finished the season ranked in the AVCA Top-25 (24th) for first time in program history and climbed as high as No. 17 during the season. The Owls also finished the season with a No. 19 rankings in the NCAA RPI, the highest finish in school history. The Owls had two players (Nicole Lennon and Anota Adekunle) earn AVCA All-American Honorable Mention honors. The owls have also had a school record-tying four players named to AVCA Southwest All-Region Team and three Owls named to C-USA All-Academic Team.

In addition, the Owls placed a league-high six players on C-USA All-Conference teams. Perhaps the highlight of the season was the team's victory over No. 3 Texas for the first time in program history. Along the way the Owls set a school record with 20 sweeps.

In 2018 the Owls turned in one of the best seasons in program history. The Owls posted their fifth straight season of 20 or more wins with a 24-7 record and a sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournaments crowns.

The Owls achieved their best C-USA record (12-2) and recorded the longest winning streak (15 straight) in program history. The program twice appeared in the AVCA Coaches Poll and placed five players on the 2018 All-C-USA teams, including three first-team members and the C-USA Player of the Year in Nicole Lennon. The Owls ranked top 10 in the nation in kills per set (7th-14.64), digs per set (8th-18.16), and assists per set (8th-13.74).

Klanac played collegiately at Ohio State from 2008-11, where he was a member of the 2011 National Championship team his senior season and earned All-American honors. He helped lead the Buckeyes to four Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association titles and four berths in the NCAA postseason, with one semifinal appearance and three championship game appearances.

He was a three-time MIVA All-Conference honoree, garnering Second Team honors in 2009 and First Team laurels in 2010 and 2011. For his play during the Buckeyes’ 2011 National Championship run, Klanac was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

At the end of his Buckeye career, he ranked in the top 12 kills (1,048), service aces (70) and points (1,217.5). Klanac graduated from Ohio State in 2011 with a degree in history.

Following Ohio State, Klanac played professionally overseas for five years. He played for Patriotas de Lares (Lares, Puerto Rico; 2014-15), Stiina Explorari Baia Mare (Baia Mare, Romania; 2014-15), Al Nasser Sports Club (Juffair, Bahrain; 2014), Waremme VBC (Waremme, Belguim; 2013-14), Kokkolan Tiikerit (Kokkola, Finland; 2012-13) and RWE Bottrop (Bottrop, Germany; 2011-12). With Kokkolan Tiikerit, he helped the team win the Mestaruusliiga (Finnish Championship).


ZHENG XIANG - ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH

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Zheng Xiang, who was promoted to Associate Head Coach on May 20, 2019,begins his seventh season (2020) with the program. During his tenure, the Owls have achieved a 136-52 record (.723 winning percentage), secured the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, won a C-USA conference regular season and tournament championship (2018), and advanced to four C-USA title matches while winning 20 or more matches in all six seasons.

The Owls had a magical 2019 campaign, recording the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory and the second-most wins (27)in school history. The Owls finished the season ranked in the AVCA Top-25 (24th)for first time in program history and climbed as high as No. 17 during the season. The Owls also finished the season with a No. 19 rankings in the NCAA RPI, the highest finish in school history. The Owls had two players (Nicole Lennon and Anota Adekunle) earn AVCA All-American Honorable Mention honors. The Owls also had a school record-tying four players named to AVCA Southwest All-Region Team and three Owls named to C-USA All-Academic Team.

In addition, the Owls placed a league-high six players on C-USA All-Conference teams. Perhaps the highlight of the season was the team's victory over No. 3 Texas for the first time in program history. Along the way the program set a school record with 20 sweeps.

In 2018, Xiang helped guide the Owls to one of the best seasons in program history. The Owls posted their fifth straight season of 20 or more wins with a 24-7 record and a sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournaments crowns. The Owls achieved their best C-USA record (12-2) and recorded the longest winning streak (15 straight)in program history. The Owls twice appeared in the AVCA Coaches Poll and placed five players on the 2018 All-C-USA teams, including three first-team members and the C-USA Player of the Year in Nicole Lennon. The Owls ranked top 10 in the nation in kills per set (7th-14.64), digs per set (8th-18.16), and assists per set (8th-13.74).

In 2017, the Owls advanced to the postseason(NIVC) for the first time since 2009. 

In his first year with the Owls, Xiang helped oversee an Owls squad that advanced to the C-USA Championship game and won 23 games, the fifth-most in school history.