Stein Metzger, the 2017 and 2018 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the 2017 and 2018 USMC/AVCA National Coach of the Year, enters his seventh season as the Bruins Beach Volleyball Head Coach after guiding UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Championship in 2018 and 2019.
As p1440’s Director of Player and Business Development, Metzger oversees athletes, coaching staff and recruitment for p1440’s Developmental Program. He also leads the development of skills-related digital content and other resources available to athletes and coaches through the p1440 mobile app and website.
A U.S. Olympian and UCLA Hall of Famer, Metzger played for the Bruin men’s team from 1993-96 and won three National Championships. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 95 and 96 and earned AVCA First-Team All-America and ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-America honors both seasons. He was also named AVCA Co-Player of the Year as a team captain during his senior campaign and made the all-conference team three times, including First Team in ’96.
Following his days at UCLA, Metzger competed professionally on the AVP Tour, winning 16 times with partners Kevin Wong (two times), Jake Gibb (four), Mike Lambert (nine) and Mark Williams (one). Metzger was twice a part of the AVP Team of the Year with Gibb (’05) and Lambert (’06), ranking as the Tour’s top player both seasons. He earned the Crocs Cup title in 2006.
In 2004, Metzger earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball team, finishing in fifth with partner Dax Holdren. A year prior, the duo won the silver medal at the 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Metzger also has two international titles to his credit with Wong in 2001 and ’02, as well as a Bronze medal at the ’01 Goodwill Games.
In addition to his many accolades, Metzger has trained U.S., French and Israeli National Beach teams. He has also coached with the USA Volleyball Elite Development Program.
A 1996 graduate of UCLA with a degree in environmental studies, Metzger was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Metzger and his wife, Emily, live in Redondo Beach with their daughter, Quinn, and son, Otto.