Russ Friedland joined the Missouri State staff in March 2020 after spending the 2019 season with Coach McRoberts at Ole Miss.
In his one season in Oxford, Friedland worked primarily with setters and middles, helped the Rebels tie a school record with a 14-match win streak, saw a school-record six players win all-SEC weekly honors, and coached a pair of AVCA All-Region selections.
Friedland was the Director of Volleyball at Louisiana Monroe from January 2018 to July 2019, serving as head coach to both the indoor and beach volleyball teams. He helped the Warhawks significantly increase their overall and conference win totals from the year before and jump 53 spots in the NCAA RPI.
Prior to his stint in Monroe, Friedland played a key role in turning around a struggling East Carolina program during his two seasons, assisting the Pirates to a school-record 13 conference wins in 2017 on the way to the first 20-win season since 2005.
Friedland spent the 2013-15 seasons as an assistant at UNLV, where he aided the Rebels to single-season records for overall and conference wins at 26 and 14, respectively, in 2014, and nearly 60 victories over his three seasons.
Friedland has additional coaching stops as a volunteer assistant at Tennessee in 2012, with assistant jobs at Howard, George Washington and American, and a stint as the men’s and women’s head coach at Daniel Webster College.
Originally from Mansfield, Conn., Friedland earned both his bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s (2006) degrees from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., where he lettered all four years in men’s volleyball.