MVB Welcomes Taliaferro to Coaching Staff
Head men's volleyball coach John Speraw announced Friday the hiring of Brandon Taliaferro as UCLA assistant men's volleyball coach.
Taliaferro was one of UCLA's most highly-honored men's volleyball players during a stellar playing career (1997-2000) which included a pair of national championships (1998 and 2000). He finished his Bruin career as the all-time school leader in set assists with 6,840. Taliaferro also owns school records for single-season (1,848 in 1998) and single-match (110 in 1998 vs. Lewis) set assists. He ranks third on the all-time school list for digs (831) and fourth for service aces (176) while ranking No. 10 all-time in total blocks (396).
Taliaferro began his career by winning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Freshman of the Year honors in 1997 and finished it as a three-time first-team All-All-America selection and the Most Outstanding Player at the 2000 NCAA Championship tournament. Also in 2000, Taliaferro was named the Asics Volleyball National Player of the Year. He went on to play for the U.S. National Team from 2000-03 and 2006-08 and was an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team. Taliaferro was named to the Pac-12 Men's Volleyball All-Century Team and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
Following his playing career, Taliaferro has worked in private business in plumbing, construction and real estate. He is the co-founder of the 949 Volleyball Club and has been active in the development of youth volleyball in Orange County. Taliaferro's hobbies include surfing, foiling, pickle ball and traveling. He and his wife, Heidi, have two children.
"First and foremost, Brandon will be a tremendous role model for our players," said Coach Speraw. "His competitive behavior is legendary. He is a winner. A champion. A Hall of Famer. A consummate Bruin. We are fortunate to have him back in Westwood."