Ross Kessler | Head Coach
Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson announced the hiring of Ross Kessler as Newberry's head coach in March 2018.
“I’m very honored that Mr. Patterson and the Board of Trustees have put their faith in me,” Kessler remarked. “I could tell from my short time in Newberry that it’s a special place. I’m so glad to be a part of it and I can’t wait to get started.”
"We had an outstanding pool of candidates," said Patterson, "and Ross Kessler is the beset fit to lead our volleyball program at Newberry College. I am thrilled that he has accepted this opportunity."
Kessler has spent the last four seasons in the Division I ranks as an assistant coach. In 2017 he helped Arkansas State to a 21-win season as Offensive Coordinator, overseeing setter and attacker training and development. A former setter, Kessler also worked extensively with the Red Wolves' setters in the areas of footwork and peripheral vision.
He spent the 2016 season at Troy coordinating the Trojans' defense while also training the setters, helping six players surpass 120 digs and two players attain 95 blocks. He held the same role at Georgia Southern the previous year, where Eagles' libero Alex Beecher ranked 10th nationally and led the Sun Belt Conference in digs per set while setting a school record for total digs.
Kessler began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant with Kentucky in 2014, where he worked primarily with middles and setters. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 28-6 and had four players named all-Southeastern Conference.
As a student at Butler, Kessler was the starting setter for the school’s club volleyball program for four seasons. He spent three seasons as the starting setter at Louisville, Kentucky’s Trinity High School, where he led the team to three straight state titles.
Kessler graduated from Butler in 2009 with a degree in Economics. He received a Master of Business Administration in 2012 from Bellarmine.
Kaasha Jefferies | Assistant Coach
Ka'asha Jefferies was named Newberry's assistant coach in August 2018.
"I'm thrilled to be adding Ka'asha to our program this fall," said head coach Ross Kessler. "Her passion for volleyball and her competitive nature will add a big energy boost in our gym."
Jefferies, a graduate of UNC Pembroke, was a defensive specialist as she was second on the team in digs with 441 in her freshman campaign. After she concluded her playing career, she served as UNC Pembroke's Club Volleyball coach. Jefferies was also a member of Triangle Volleyball Club in Raleigh, N.C.
"With her history of playing experience for UNC Pembroke and Triangle, she's very familiar with the area and has great connections in the right places," added Kessler. "I'm excited to get her in the gym and get to work on building a new era for Wolves Volleyball."
Jefferies, a native of Garner, N.C., played at Garner Magnet High School where she was a four-time all-conference and all-academic selection.