Ross Kessler was named an assistant coach at Arkansas State on Feb. 13, 2017.
Kessler coaches the setters for the Red Wolves and has additional responsibilities in opponent scouting a game planning.
He helped setter Ellie Watkins achieve Second-Team All-SBC status as Watkins handed out 996 assists for an 11.07 per set average that ranked first in the conference and 26th in the nation. A-State went 21-12 in his first season and registered a 12-4 mark in league play. The 20+ win season was A-State's fourth straight and the team advanced to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). The Red Wolves defeated SIUE 3-1 in the first round for the program's first victory in postseason play since 1993.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Kessler was responsible for coaching the defense and the recruiting coordinator for the Trojans in 2016. He helped the defense for Troy average 13.80 digs per set and saw six players tally 120 or more digs. The Trojans also had two players finish with 95 or more blocks.
Kessler spent the 2015 season at Georgia Southern where he was responsible for the Eagles' setters and liberoes, including Alex Beecher who led the Sun Belt with 5.57 digs per set. Kessler was also responsible for opponent scouting, film breakdown and, before coming to Troy, was the program's acting recruiting coordinator.
He spent the 2014 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach at Kentucky. The Wildcats went 27-6 overall, finished second in the SEC with a 15-3 mark and earned an at-large into the NCAA Championships as the No. 13 national seed. They were ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll all season, climbing to as high as 12th before finishing 17th.
A three-time state champion for Trinity High School in Louisville, Kessler has been coaching at the collegiate and club level since he was a freshman at Butler University in 2005.
He spent two seasons coaching for the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Association's 18 team. As an assistant coach in 2014, he guided the squad to a third-place finish at the AAU National Championships.
Kessler began his coaching career as a student at Butler University. As a freshman in 2005, he was one of two co-founders of the Women's Club Volleyball Program. He was elected head coach of the team and built the program from a team of nine girls to a three-team program which competes on the national stage.
In addition to his duties with the club program, where he was head coach for four years, Kessler served as a student assistant coach with the Butler women's volleyball team for two seasons.
Kessler also competed for the Butler University men's club volleyball team in each of his four years in Indianapolis and was elected president at the end of his freshman year. He was the team's starting setter for four years.
Kessler earned his Bachelors of Economics degree from Butler University in 2009. He received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University in 2012.