Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard added Nils Nielsen as volunteer assistant coach to the 2020-21 staff Sept. 4, 2020.
“Nils is a tremendous boost to the program, and brings a wide range of experience at the collegiate and national level,” said Bechard. “We look forward to him developing a great repour with our student-athletes and a first-class learning environment.”
Nielsen played his collegiate career at Cal State Northridge from 2000-05 and was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2006-10. Following his tenure with Team USA, Nielsen was a professional volleyball player until 2015.
During his playing career, he coached various club teams in southern California and was a member of the USA Volleyball coaching staff at the 2014 and 2015 Pan American games, where Nielsen helped coach USA to a silver medal in 2014.
From 2013-15, Nielsen was a volunteer assistant coach for UCLA’s men’s volleyball program, and last coached for KC Power’s 17-1 team.
Nielsen is married to Kansas assistant coach Kaitlin Nielsen, and the couple has two daughters.