When Arizona’s volleyball head coach David Rubio hiring Lauren Plum as an assistant last February, it was a bold move. She didn’t have a lot of coaching experience, and she had no connection to the Arizona program. After Plum was suddenly taken off the staff in late spring, Rubio opted to return to the family with the former Arizona manager’s hiring. Brandon Chan.
The reasons for Plum’s unexpected departure are still unclear, but Chan knows what to expect in the Arizona program. The former associate head coach at Dartmouth started as director of Arizona’s indoor program, then became a volunteer assistant coach for Arizona’s beach program.
“Brandon brings vast knowledge to the game as well as endless energy,” Rubio said in the Arizona press release. “Brandon started out as a student coach for my volleyball team and has spent the last few years perfecting his craft. He will be a great addition to our staff.
Chan spent three seasons at Dartmouth beginning in 2019. For the previous two seasons, he served on Steve WalkerArizona beach volleyball staff as a volunteer coach.
Last season at Dartmouth, the team finished third in the Ivy League. It was a big step up from their last spot in 2019. The conference did not play sports in the 2020-21 academic year due to the pandemic.
Chan’s first stop after college was as an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. There he helped the Islanders go undefeated in the 2015 regular season and reach the NCAA Tournament.
Chan graduated from UA in 2015 and spent his undergraduate years as a student manager for Rubio. He also worked as a club coach and ran volleyball camps in Arizona.
Chan doesn’t have much time to prepare for the season. Arizona takes the field for the Red-Blue game on August 20 before doing it for real in the Cactus Classic starting August 26.