BOULDER—Ryal Jagd has been named the assistant volleyball coach for the University of Colorado volleyball program, head coach Liz Kritza announced Sunday. Jagd has spent the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach and the last few months as the interim assistant coach for the Buffaloes.
“Announcing the hiring of Ryal Jagd is another step in the right direction for the Buffs volleyball program,” Kritza said. “Every coach wants bright, enthusiastic, loyal people who will work tirelessly for the team’s common goals, and that is what we have found in Ryal. He has been committed to this program and our ascent in the Pac-12 for the past two seasons as our volunteer coach. Continuity and tradition are important for this program, especially as we continue through another growth phase.”
Jagd will have primary recruiting responsibilities and continue to work with the team’s outside hitters, liberos and defensive players. He will work with associate head coach J.T. Wenger in match preparation and scouting and implementing training sessions for the team.
“I would like to thank coach Kritza for this amazing opportunity to coach the game that I love and getting a chance to work for the University of Colorado,” Jagd said. “The culture of this University and athletic department is dynamic and exciting as it adapts to a new position in the Pac-12 conference. The volleyball program has been improving rapidly in the last few seasons and it’s a great opportunity and challenge to be part of something that is growing like this. The support of the administration, namely Rick George and Ceal Barry, is evident and I appreciate the opportunity to work under their guidance and help build something really special here at CU.”
Prior to coming to CU in 2012, Jagd had served as a coach at many levels from youth through high school and club volleyball. He has served as a club director and head coach for the 18 Gold and 17 Black squads for the TCA Colorado Volleyball Club and has worked as a volleyball instructor and strength trainer for Prime Athletes Training. He has also worked volleyball camps at UCLA and both Peninsula High School and Palos Verdes High School in southern California.
“His familiarity with Pac-12 volleyball and knowledge of training and recruiting required to be successful in the top league in college volleyball is evident,” Kritza said. “He has had the unique ability to hone his recruiting skills while being a volunteer coach and has proven very effective. Being a former athlete at a high level adds a dimension to our staff that will help us continue to train players who have designs on professional careers and national team experiences. The future of CU volleyball is bright and we are pleased to announce that Ryal will be an integral part of this family.”
Jagd graduated from UCLA with a degree in history in 2011 while playing both volleyball and football for the Bruins as a two-sport athlete. He was a member of the Bruins volleyball team from 2007-12, playing in 33 matches and 72 sets for legendary coach Al Scates. He recorded 61 kills while hitting .151 and added 39 digs and nine blocks in his career. In his redshirt sophomore season, he recorded 25 kills and hit .268 for the Bruins. He was also a safety and receiver for the football team and had return duties on special teams under former CU coach Rick Neuheisel.
At Palos Verdes High School, Jagd was a six-time letterwinner, earning four letters in volleyball and two in football. He was a three-time All-CIF honor, two-time All-Bay League First Team selection and twice earned All-Bay Area honors. Jagd was the PVHS volleyball MVP in 2006 and ’07 and was the team captain three years. He was also the Daily Breeze MPV in football in 2006 and volleyball in 2007 and honored as the 2007 PBHS Senior Athlete of the Year for football and volleyball. He also played for the Southern California Volleyball Club for three years and was named the MVP of the USA Volleyball High Performance Youth A2 team in 2006.
In football at Palos Verdes, he played receiver, linebacker and defensive back. He caught 40 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns on offense and had 184 tackles, six interceptions, recovered four fumbles and had two blocks on defense and special teams. He was a first-team All-Bay League selection on both offense and defense and he played in the Lions All-American game.
Volleyball is in bloodlines as his entire family is involved in the sport. His mother, Kim, was an assistant coach for the Buffaloes with the 1992 team that finished 22-9 overall and 10-2 in the Big Eight, taking second place. She also coached at UCLA as an assistant coach for 15 years and was an integral part of the coaching staff for the USA Volleyball High Performance program for many years. His father, Mike, was a very successful prep coach in Southern California, including stints at El Toro, Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Peninsula, highlighted by multiple CIF championships. His sister, Nikki, lettered as a setter for UCLA and is a coach for top prep and volleyball programs in Southern California, most recently at Mira Costa High School.