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Head Coach David Kniffin

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

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 and was named Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. 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 12th 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 Armen Zakarian

Armen Zakarian enters his second season as an assistant coach.

Zakarian came to UCI after serving three seasons as the men's volleyball head coach at Santa Barbara City College. In 2011, he was named Western State Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Vaqueros to a second place finish in the Western State Conference and a Regional playoff berth. Under Zakarian, 11 players earned all-conference distinction and eight players transferred to Division I-II programs.

He served as the associate head coach for the SBCC women's volleyball team for the last three years. The squad captured two WSC North titles, including 2012 with a perfect 10-0 record. While working with the women's program, the team went 27-3 in league matches.

Zakarian played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara for two seasons (2005-07). As a senior, he helped the Gauchos to a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament semifinal berth and a No. 5 national ranking. He graduated from UCSB with a degree in communications in 2007 and went on to earn his Masters in Kinesiology from Sacramento State in 2013. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Hornets in 2008.

Prior to UCSB, Zakarian played at SBCC from 2004-05 where he was a two-time All-Western State Conference honoree. In 2005, he was named both Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara News-Press Athlete of the Year after helping the Vaqueros earn a league championship and a berth in the State Final Four.

Zakarian has also worked with USA Volleyball since 2010 as a High Performance coach for youth and has been a club coach with the Santa Barbara Volleyball, SB Spikers and Northern California Volleyball Club.






Contact Assistant Coach Armen Zakarian

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

Office: IAB 120

















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