JONESBORO, Ark. (2/13/17) – Arkansas State head volleyball coach David Rehr announced the hiring of Ross Kessler, who spent last season at Troy, as an assistant coach Friday.

Kessler will coach the outside hitters for the Red Wolves and have additional responsibilities in opponent scouting a game planning.

“I am excited to add Ross to our coaching staff,” added Rehr. “He is very familiar with the Sun Belt Conference and brings a wealth of knowledge to our program.”

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.

“I’m honored and elated to join the staff at Arkansas State,” Kessler said. “Coach Rehr has been a mentor and a friend to me ever since I began my career in college volleyball and the opportunity to work with him was one I simply couldn’t pass up. Having coached in the Sun Belt Conference previously, I’ve seen firsthand the high-caliber program David has created here at Arkansas State. I’m excited for the chance to join Red Wolves volleyball and continue pushing this program to new heights.”

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.

Arkansas State finished the 2016 campaign with a 25-8 record and 15-1 mark in league play en route to a SBC West Division Championship.

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