For so many years it had seemed John Speraw would leave UC Irvine to become the coach at UCLA, where he would succeed Al Scates.
While the speculation took place and the feeling that Speraw's departure from the Anteaters was inevitable, David Kniffin always thought about becoming the next UCI men's volleyball coach.
"I truthfully felt like I could be the person," Kniffin said of his thoughts of taking over at UCI when all that speculation took place. "That's the reason more than any that I jumped on it."
Kniffin now has the opportunity. Kniffin, 31, a former assistant coach and player for the Anteaters, has been named the new men's volleyball coach at UCI.
This will be his first head coaching job on the collegiate level. He takes over for Speraw, who led the Anteaters to three national titles in his 10 years as coach. The three championships came in the past six years.