Ruben Nieves

National Director of Training

Staff, Trainer

Ruben has worked with Positive Coaching Alliance since 2001, with most of that time in his current position of National Director of Training. In his position, Ruben is responsible for overseeing the recruitment, training, and support of PCA Trainers around the country. He has observed PCA Trainers at hundreds workshops, in addition to leading more than 500 PCA workshops himself.

Ruben earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University in 1982. He coached collegiate volleyball for 18 years including stints as the Head Men’s Coach at Stanford and the Head Women’s Coach at Fresno State. Ruben was twice named NCAA Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year, in 1992 and 1997. He guided Stanford to the Cardinal’s first men’s volleyball NCAA championship in 1997. Ruben also has extensive experience and success in international volleyball. He spent the summer of 2001 as Head Coach of the USA Men's Volleyball World University Games Team which captured the Gold Medal in Beijing, China, thus becoming the first and only American squad in history to accomplish this feat.

Ruben has seven years of physical education teaching experience at levels K-12. As a parent, coach, official and administrator, Ruben has been involved in many youth sports including football, track and field, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, swimming, water polo, tennis and cross-country.

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