Irons Named OU Volleyball Assistant Coach

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head volleyball coach Lindsey Gray-Walton announced Wednesday the hiring of Cullen Irons as assistant coach.

Irons comes to Oklahoma after spending the last six years with the UC Santa Barbara men’s volleyball team.

“We are fired up about the opportunities ahead for our program with the addition of Cullen to our staff,” Gray-Walton said. “As both a player and coach, Cullen has performed on the national stage. His expertise and experience in the game along with his ability to connect with others will propel our program to a new level.”

Irons was named UCSB’s assistant coach prior to the 2014 season and was made the program’s associate head coach at the start of the 2019 campaign. He was named the 2016 AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Gauchos to their second 20-win season in the last 25 years.

Earlier this month, Irons was named a recipient of the 2019 American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 Award. This award is given annually to 30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. Irons was one of just two recipients from the men’s NCAA Division I-II level.

Irons has been involved in all facets of the UCSB men’s volleyball program, including recruiting, scouting, game planning, practice coordination, operations and community service. With Irons on the staff, UCSB has accrued a 99-68 record over the past six years.

A standout right-side hitter, Irons played collegiately at UCSB from 2008-11, totaling at least 250 kills and 100 digs in all three of his seasons as a starter. He was named to the 2011 All-NCAA Tournament Team after leading the Gauchos in kills and ranking second in blocks and digs at the national tournament, helping his squad earn a runner-up finish.

A native of Hanford, Calif., Irons received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from UCSB in 2011.

Gray-Walton enters her second season with the Sooners in 2019, opening her tenure with a 17-11 record and a third-place finish in Big 12 play. Oklahoma returns three All-Big 12 selections in 2019, including Libero of the Year Keyton Kinley and Co-Setter of the Year Kylee McLaughlin.