Bellevue University volleyball head coach Trish Siedlik announced today the hiring of veteran coach Todd Raasch as an assistant coach with the Bruin volleyball program. Along with Siedlik, Raasch joins long-time assistant Steve Field on the BU volleyball coaching staff for the 2018 season.
Raasch, a native of Wisner, Neb. competed at Graceland University on their men's team, captaining the squad to runner-up finishes at the Collegiate Club Nationals. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Graceland before taking an assistant position with the University of Nebraska-Kearney women's team. Raasch was an assistant coach on 1995 National Championship team at NCAA Division I powerhouse University of Nebraska.
Following his time at Nebraska, Raasch spent five seasons with NCAA Division II school, Metro State University of Denver. He has served as the head coach of the women's team at Kenyon College as well as the men's team at Johnson & Wales University - Denver. Raasch's other coaching experiences include assistant coaching positions at Florida Atlantic University, Boston College, DePaul University, and most recently Cal State University San Marcos. Along with his collegiate coaching, Raasch also owned and ran his own club in Denver, Denver Jrs.
"Todd is conveniently living in Bellevue right now so we naturally thought this would be great to use his experience and expertise for this young, new squad," said Siedlik. "His vast knowledge and skill techniques blend nicely with our program. We are looking forward to getting started!"
Raasch has helped guide teams under his tutelage to seven Conference Championships, nine NCAA Appearances, three Sweet 16 Appearances, two Elite 8 Appearances, one Final Four and one National Championship. He has also coached numerous all-Conference, all Region, and All American honorees, which include four Conference Players of the Year, and the NCAA National Player of the Year.
The Bruins finished the 2017 season with a 30-13 overall record, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament for the 10th time in school history after finishing second in the NSAA Post-season Tournament. Bellevue was ranked No. 19 in the final NAIA National Top 25 Poll.