Mick Haley Head Coach
Mick Haley is in his 16th season (40th overall) as head coach at USC and continues to add to the rich history and heritage of one of the most successful women's volleyball programs in the nation.
At the helm for the Trojans, Haley has guided his teams to two national championships (2002 and 2003), six NCAA national semifinal appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011), three Pac-12 championships (2002, 2003, 2011, 2015), and 15 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In those 15 years, USC has received a top five final ranking, eight times under Haley.
In 2015, the Women of Troy received the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the program's fifth regional final in six years. The Trojans shared the Pac-12 crown and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the 25th consecutive season. USC was ranked No. 5 in the final AVCA poll with an overall record of 33-3. Haley was named the Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Coach of the Year and was also touted as the Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year. It was the fourth time under Haley that the Trojans had produced 30 wins in a single season. The Trojans had the Pac-12 and AVCA National Player of the Year in Samantha Bricio who went on to become the Honda Sports Award winner and a three-time AVCA All-American.
Haley has posted an impressive overall record of 392-95 (.805) while going 215-67 (.762) in Pac-12 Conference matches.
On his personal mantle, Haley is a member of the AVCA, the Junior College Coaches', and the Ball State Halls of Fame. He was named the 2011 Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, the first time at USC that he earned that honor. Haley was the AVCA National Coach of the Year in both 2003 when he led the Women of Troy to a second-consecutive NCAA Championship, and in 2011 when the Trojans advanced to the national semifinals.
Jason Kennedy Assistant Coach
Jason Kennedy is in his second season (2016) as a coach for the USC women's volleyball program; his first as the team's associate head coach. He served as an assistant coach in 2015 and previously served four seasons (2011-14) as the technical director for both the Trojans' men's and women's volleyball programs.
In his previous post as technical director, Kennedy prepared and provided scouting reports, game-plan assistance, and in-game strategic adjustments to the volleyball staffs. He also oversaw video analysis, exchange, and distribution for both programs.
During his tenure, he helped the Women of Troy to the 2011 NCAA national semifinals, and back-to-back regional championship matches (2012-13). He also served on the men's staff that took the Trojans to the NCAA title match in 2011. Concurrently, Kennedy serves as a scout coach for the USA Beach Volleyball programs where he is responsible for video analysis and breakdown. He created scouting reports for all U.S. Olympic opponents in 2012 and worked on site internationally (2013 and 2015) throughout the FIVB World Tour.
In previous coaching experience, Kennedy guided his Club Troy 17s squad to bronze medals at the 2014 Junior National Championships and coached for four seasons (2007-10) at Los Altos (Calif.) High School where he led his team to CIF sectional playoff berths each year. He also coached at the club level for two seasons as head coach for Eclipse Volleyball Club (Palo Alto, Calif.) 17s and took the team to a regional championship in 2010.
Kyle Weindel Assistant Coach
Kyle Weindel is in his first season (2016) as an assistant coach for the USC women's volleyball program. He served as the team's volunteer assistant coach in 2015. Weindel played for Ball State (2000-03) and was a 2002 AVCA All-American following an appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals.
Prior to arriving at USC, Weindel was the head coach at Montana State (2012-14) where he compiled a 28-60 overall record (17-39 in Big Sky matches). In 2012, he guided the Bobcats to a 15-14 record and a 9-11 mark in Big Sky play. His first season included a road victory over rival Montana on the final day of the regular season to help MSU clinch a spot in the Big Sky tournament for the first time in seven seasons.
While at Montana State, Weindel coached a pair of Big Sky All-Conference selections in Sarah Horton and Natalee Godfrey as well as 2013 Freshman of the Year Kennadie Clute. His teams also produced seven Big Sky All-Academic choices.
Before Montana State, Weindel was an assistant coach at Ohio University for four seasons (2008-11) and an assistant at Saint Louis for the 2007 season. In his time at Ohio, Weindel helped guide the squad to three Mid-American Conference titles and three NCAA appearances. The program notched a 95-39 overall record with a 50-13 mark in MAC matches. Weindel was the architect of the Ohio blocking and defensive schemes, which ranked among the best in the nation including No. 1 in 2010. The Bobcats ranked No. 1 in defense in MAC matches all four seasons with Weindel.