Penn State Nitty Lion Volleyball & Russ Rose 


This is an older article I wrote after the Nitty Lions won the 2014 National Championship. 

A record setting 7 National Championships. The Nitty Lions 36 year Head Coach,(1979- Present) Russ Rose has a career record of 1,096-173. Out of those 173 loses,only 3 have come from trips to the championship. 

Russ Rose, Penn State Volleyball Head Coach, 1979-Present

In 1979, Penn State hired Russ Rose as the Women’s Volleyball head coach and the rest has been unforgettable.
As a coach, Rose has broke and set many records. Now we are in 2014 and he made history again on December 20 with his 7 National Championship.
Beginning his first year the Nitty Lions have proven to be no less than Champions. Between Conference championships to National Championships, the Nitty Lions know how to win. With a career record of 1,096-173 Rose has a winning percent of .864 which makes him ranked 1st in NCAA history, the highest of any Penn State athletic coaches, and also the most wins of any Penn State coach.
As coach of the Nitty Lions, his teams have never had less than 22 wins in a season. On Sept. 21, 2007, he won his 900th game becoming only the 3rd D1 coach to reach 900 wins. That same year he was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame. Winning coach of the year 5 times (two of which was back-to-back) he has won more than any other D1 coach. He has also coached 28 different All-Americans with a total of 64 selections.

  • ’07 – Stanford
  • ’08- Stanford (38-0 on the season)
  • ’09- Texas (1st team to win 3 National Championships in a row) (102 straight winning matches)
  • ’10- California (4-Peat)
  • ’13- Wisconsin
  • ’14-BYU (7th title in school history)

More Championships than any other womens volleyball program 

6 titles in the last 8 years(missed ’11-’12)
7-3 record in national championship games the last loss being in 1998.  

Program started in 1976

Tom Tait, head coach, 1976-1979

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