UC San Diego parts ways with long-time head coach Ring

Photo courtesy of UC San Diego athletics

The winningest coach in UC San Diego program history has departed the team.

Athletics director Earl W. Edwards announced Thursday that Kevin Ring will no longer serve as the Tritons head coach.

Ring in 17 seasons as the head coach compiled 132 career wins and guided UC San Diego to top-10 rankings in the national coaches poll each of the last three seasons. UC San Diego also in 2021 upset No. 1 Hawai’i to advance to the Big West Tournament finals for the first time in program history.


“I would like to thank Kevin for his 17 years of service as head coach of the men’s volleyball program at UC San Diego,” Edwards said in a statement. “We are grateful for his efforts in leading our program through the transition into the highly-competitive Big West and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

The Tritons primarily competed as a NCAA Division II program for the majority of Ring’s tenure but transitioned to Division I starting in 2017. UC San Diego did not win a conference match in four of the five seasons from 2015-19, including going winless in its first two seasons in the Big West.

UC San Diego finished the 2022 season at 13-11 – the third-most single-season in program history – but was upset in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals.

The Tritons announced Thursday that associate head coach Jon Girten will serve as the interim head coach while the school conducts a national search for its next head coach.

Girten has been on the UC San Diego coaching staff since 2017 and spent the last two seasons as the associate head coach.