Oct. 14, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. -- UC Irvine head women's volleyball coach Charlie Brande has announced his retirement, effective at the conclusion of the 2008 season.
While he is retiring from his coaching duties, Brande will remain in a fundraising capacity with UC Irvine Athletics.
"I am extremely proud to have been a part of the growth of both the men's and women's programs at UCI and I look forward to continuing as a member of the Anteater family," Brande said. "I feel very strongly that I need to spend more time with my daughter, Kaili."
Brande is currently in his ninth season as the head coach of the women's volleyball team, earning NCAA post-season berths in 2003 and 2004. In 2007, Brande led the Anteaters to a third-place finish in the Big West, their highest since 2003, and had five Anteaters named to All-Big West teams for the first time in the program's history.
"Charlie has been the cornerstone of establishing our women's and men's programs as conference contenders," Athletic Director Mike Izzi said. "He is an important figure in UCI history and the Orange County community. I'm pleased he has agreed to continue his relationship with the UCI family in his new role."
Brande, the program's fourth head coach, has produced 27 All-Big West Conference selections and seven of his players have amassed 14 conference Player of the Week awards. Two Anteaters, Kelly Wing and Amanda Vazquez, were named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans while Wing became UCI's first Big West Player of the Year in the sport of women's volleyball in 2004. Outside hitter Kari Pestolesi became the program's first AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year in 2007.
Brande began his UCI coaching career as the head coach of the men's program. Serving as the Director of Volleyball from 1999-2002, Brande guided the men's team to 13 wins in 2001 for its then-third largest number of wins in school history and also steered that team to its second post-season appearance, upsetting four higher-ranked teams along the way. In 1999, Brande was awarded Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year honors. He mentored 10 All-MPSF honorees as well as three All-Americans in his tenure with the men's program.
He will continue to be a prominent figure in the local club arena, serving as the Orange County Volleyball Club's director since 1982 as well as the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club since 1976.
Brande is a 1969 graduate of UC Irvine and was a member of the Anteaters' first basketball team in 1965-66.