David Kniffin is currently in his fifth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater and also serves as the external Tournament Director for the annual UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament.
Kniffin, who was a setter on the Anteaters' 2002 and 2003 teams, holds the UC Irvine single season record for most assists with 1,632 in 2003. That same year, Kniffin quarterbacked UC Irvine to both its first-ever No. 1 ranking and first- ever MPSF post-season victory.
Professionally, he competed for CAI Voleibol Teruel (Spain) for two consecutive seasons, while teaching English and helping organize European Tours for American Volleyball players looking to compete abroad. Since that time, CAI Teruel has maintained its place at the top of the Spanish Superliga and now competes in the European Champions League.
Over the past eight years, Kniffin has traveled extensively with volleyball to Spain, France, Andorra, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium. Over the past four years, Kniffin has made annual trips to South America (Argentina and Chile) in the name of volleyball, and helped manage the 2010 World League Finals (six top National Teams) hosted in Cordoba, Argentina in July. Kniffin has also been a guest of various professional club and National teams in these countries, including most recently, the Korean Air Jumbos Professional Volleyball Club in Korea.
Kniffin's unique experiences and exposure to the international game, the global initiatives of the University, and our location within a strong volleyball community in Orange County, have helped him to establish the annual UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament presented by ASICS, which will enter its third year in 2011. This is the only professional volleyball event in the United States and occurs annually in October.
Kniffin is a graduate of Chico High School, where in 1997 after being denied the opportunity to tryout for the girl's volleyball team when a boys' team didn't exist, he and a group of friends propositioned the Chico Unified School Board to establish the first Boys High School Team north of Sacramento. The program was self funded and exists to this day.
Kniffin began his university playing career at Loyola Marymount before the program was dropped in July of 2000. He transferred to Los Angeles Pierce College and started on the undefeated State Championship team in 2001, garnering first team all-league honors.
He graduated with a degree in philosophy at UCI, earning UCI Scholar-Athlete and MPSF All-Academic honors. Kniffin is currently continuing his education, taking various graduate classes at UC Irvine.