Staff
Head Coach
Jose "Keno" Gandara

Jose "Keno" Gandara accepted the position of head volleyball coach at the University of Miami on March 20, 2013, becoming the second head coach since the program returned in 2001.

The Hurricanes returned the NCAA Championship in 2017 for the fourth time in five seasons under Gandara's leadership. Miami won its first postseason match since 2014, defeating the College of Charleston in the opening round of the tournament in a Gainesville, Fla. The Canes fell to No. 2 Florida in four sets in an exciting second round matchup to close the season 22-6 and finish with their best winning percentage since 2012.

Senior outside hitter Olga Strantzali was named ACC Player of the Year and AVCA East Coast Region Player of the Year. Strantzali was joined by redshirt junior setter Haley Templeton on the All-ACC First Team and AVCA All-East Coast Region team. Strantzali and Templeton topped off a memorable season with AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recognition. The Canes both started and finished the campaign strong, winning the first nine matches and the seven contests prior to falling to second-seeded Florida. Miami topped the ACC in service aces with 1.71 per set and finished the season in the top three of two additional categories – hitting percentage (second with .246) and kills (tied for third with 13.64 per set).

In 2016, Gandara led a resilient Miami squad that proved to rise to the occasion when it stepped into an opponent's gym. The 2016 Hurricanes won 11 matches away from Coral Gables, picking up big road wins at Notre Dame and Louisville. Junior outside hitter Olga Strantzali developed into one of the best players in the country, receiving AVCA All-America honorable mention and earned AVCA All-East Coast Region and First Team All-ACC honors. Strantzali and freshman setter Hannah Sorensen were named to the All-ACC Academic Team in recognition of their success on the court and in the classroom.

Gandara led the Hurricanes to three straight NCAA Tournaments in his first three seasons at the helm of the Miami volleyball program. The Canes were selected to the 2015 NCAA Tournament, where they faced Iowa State in a first round match in Madison, Wis. The Canes finished the season 21-10 and 14-6 in the ACC, while Miami's 21 wins marked the second consecutive 20-win season under Gandara’s leadership. The Hurricanes saw seniors Alexis Mourning and Taylor Scott, as well as sophomores Olga Strantzali and Haley Templeton, named to the 2015 All-ACC Second Team with Strantzali and Templeton also earning AVCA All-East Coast Region Honorable Mention.

Miami reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive season in 2014 and seventh time in program history. The Hurricanes, who finished the season 22-9, defeated UCF in five sets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The victory was Gandara’s first NCAA Tournament win as a head coach. Miami’s 22 wins also gave Gandara his first 20-win season at the helm of the program.

The Canes reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 8 Florida in four sets. But Gandara helped develop several players to reach unprecedented levels of success.

Gandara came to Miami after spending eight years as an assistant at the University of Washington. He previously served as an assistant at UNLV and his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara.

Gandara is a highly-respected teacher who has played and coached at the top levels of college and professional volleyball. Keno assisted former Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin with all aspects of coaching, including opponent scouting and contributing to the Huskies' defensive package.

Gandara began his coaching career at UCSB in 1992 as an assistant with the men's team and was an assistant with the women's team in 1994. He also spent one season as a head coach/player with the San Juan Volleyball club in the Puerto Rico Professional League.

A San Juan, Puerto Rico, native, Gandara graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1990 after a successful volleyball career with the Gauchos as a middle blocker. Gandara was a first team All-America selection in 1989 and second team selection in 1988 after leading UCSB to the national title match. He was also a two-time all-conference honoree. Gandara has also been inducted into the UCSB Hall of Fame. He also represented both the United States and Puerto Rico in international competition as a member of their respective national volleyball teams.

Gandara is married to Stephanie Cox who was a standout setter at UCSB and played on the AVP Tour. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Lucas, in April 2011.

Associate Head Coach
Kasey Crider

Kasey Crider accepted a position as assistant coach on the Miami volleyball coaching staff in March 2015.

The Hurricanes returned the NCAA Championship in 2017 for the ninth time in program history. Miami won its first postseason match since 2014, defeating the College of Charleston in the opening round of the tournament in a Gainesville, Fla. The Canes fell to No. 2 Florida in four sets in an exciting second round matchup to close the season 22-6 and finish with their best winning percentage since 2012.

Senior outside hitter Olga Strantzali was named ACC Player of the Year and AVCA East Coast Region Player of the Year. Strantzali was joined by redshirt junior setter Haley Templeton on the All-ACC First Team and AVCA All-East Coast Region team. Strantzali and Templeton topped off a memorable season with AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recognition. The Canes both started and finished the campaign strong, winning the first nine matches and the seven contests prior to falling to second-seeded Florida. Miami topped the ACC in service aces with 1.71 per set and finished the season in the top three of two additional categories – hitting percentage (second with .246) and kills (tied for third with 13.64 per set).

In 2016, the Hurricanes won 11 matches away from Coral Gables, picking up big road wins at Notre Dame and Louisville. Junior outside hitter Olga Strantzali developed into one of the best players in the country, receiving AVCA All-America honorable mention and earned AVCA All-East Coast Region and First Team All-ACC honors. Strantzali and freshman setter Hannah Sorensen were named to the All-ACC Academic Team in recognition of their success on the court and in the classroom.

In his first season at Miami, Crider helped the Hurricanes reach the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. The Canes, who finished 21-10 and 14-6 in the ACC, faced Iowa State in a first round match in Madison, Wis. Miami reached 20 wins for the second straight season and the Hurricanes had seniors Alexis Mourning and Taylor Scott, as well as sophomores Olga Strantzali and Haley Templeton, named to the 2015 All-ACC Second Team with Strantzali and Templeton also earning AVCA All-East Coast Region Honorable Mention.

Following the 2015 season, Crider was honored as an AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award recipient. The award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.

“Kasey is a young coach with a great desire to learn, improve and become a great coach,” Gandara said. “He has been involved in really good programs, as a player at Pepperdine and then working with the Pepperdine men and Stanford women. He understands the setter position from a technical standpoint; not just in the way he played it, but also as a teacher.”

Crider comes to Miami after spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Stanford women’s volleyball program. In 2014, Crider helped the Cardinal win the Pac-12 Championships and earn the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Stanford went 33-2 that season, reaching the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Penn State.

“First, I think it’s important to acknowledge where I came from,” Crider said. “Many thanks to John Dunning and the Stanford women’s volleyball program. I’ll always cherish my time there; it’s a wonderful place. But I am equally as appreciative and excited for my opportunity here at ‘The U.’ Keno, Sanja and the rest of the community couldn’t have been more welcoming. It feels like something special is happening here and I’m fired up to be a part of it. There is work to be done and I am looking forward to doing it the best I can.”

Prior to his time at Stanford, Crider spent the 2012-13 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s volleyball team at Pepperdine. Crider played for the Waves from 2008-11 and was a two-time All-American, ending his career ranked second in program history in assists (3,989).

Following his collegiate career, Crider played professionally overseas during the 2011-12 season for Boldklubben Marienlyst, located in Denmark. There he led the squad to first-place finishes in both the Nordic Cup and Danish Pokal Cup Championships. He was named the Danish Super League Player of the Year, while also earning the Best Setter Award and was picked as MVP of the Danish Pokal Cup Championship.

In addition to being an asset coaching the current crop of Hurricanes, Gandara believes Crider will be an asset in recruiting.

A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Crider graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in journalism in 2011.

Assistant Coach
Jillian Hadder

Jillian Hadder accepted the position of assistant coach on the Miami volleyball coaching staff in May 2016.

The Hurricanes returned the NCAA Championship in 2017 for the ninth time in program history. Miami won its first postseason match since 2014, defeating the College of Charleston in the opening round of the tournament in a Gainesville, Fla. The Canes fell to No. 2 Florida in four sets in an exciting second round matchup to close the season 22-6 and finish with their best winning percentage since 2012.

Senior outside hitter Olga Strantzali was named ACC Player of the Year and AVCA East Coast Region Player of the Year. Strantzali was joined by redshirt junior setter Haley Templeton on the All-ACC First Team and AVCA All-East Coast Region team. Strantzali and Templeton topped off a memorable season with AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recognition. The Canes both started and finished the campaign strong, winning the first nine matches and the seven contests prior to falling to second-seeded Florida. Miami topped the ACC in service aces with 1.71 per set and finished the season in the top three of two additional categories – hitting percentage (second with .246) and kills (tied for third with 13.64 per set).

In 2016, the Hurricanes won 11 matches away from Coral Gables, picking up big road wins at Notre Dame and Louisville. Junior outside hitter Olga Strantzali developed into one of the best players in the country, receiving AVCA All-America honorable mention and earned AVCA All-East Coast Region and First Team All-ACC honors. Strantzali and freshman setter Hannah Sorensen were named to the All-ACC Academic Team in recognition of their success on the court and in the classroom.

Hadder came to Miami after coaching indoor and beach volleyball at Mercer University, where she helped in recruiting, player management, practice coordination and in-match strategy while also assisting in day-to-day operation of the program.

“There is an undeniable momentum and energy built within the University of Miami’s athletic department and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it,” Hadder said. “From the moment I met Keno Gandara and Kasey Crider, I knew I wanted to learn and work with two coaches whom I admire. Together, with our student athletes, I’m confident we will hone a volleyball community that collectively exemplifies strength, unity, and passion. With that said, Go Canes!”

In 2015, Hadder helped the Bears become one of the top serving teams in the NCAA. Mercer ranked 12th in the country, averaging 2.7 aces-per-set, and was 19th in the NCAA with 188 service aces as a team. She also helped freshman Paige Alsten earn All-SoCon Freshman Team honors after breaking the school record for total blocks in a season.

Mercer’s progress as a program began shortly after Hadder arrived, as the Bears improved from a 1-27 record in 2013 to an 11-20 record in 2014. Hadder, who was responsible for coaching and developing Mercer’s outside hitters, helped Molly Locke earn So-Con All-Conference second team honors following the 2014 season.

Hadder also made an impact on the Mercer beach volleyball program, helping the Bears reach the Atlantic Sun Conference final for the first time in school history. Emily Brett and Emily Krogman earned first team all-conference honors, with Krogman being named freshman of the year. Sophie Peel also earned all-freshman team honors while working under Hadder.

Prior to arriving at Mercer, Hadder spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach for her alma mater, UMass Lowell. Hadder, who graduated from UMass Lowell in 2011 with a degree in psychology, is one of the most prolific River Hawks in program history.

She tallied over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs over four seasons at UMass Lowell, qualifying her as one of just five players in program history to reach both of those benchmarks. Hadder’s teams enjoyed considerable success, racking up a 37-22 record in her final two seasons, including the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in 2009.

As a senior in 2010, Hadder was named to the NE-10 All-Conference second team as she was among conference leaders with 2.79 kills-per-set and 2.07 digs-per-set. She also earned a handful of academic honors, including a spot on the ESPN District 1 All-Academic third team and five appearances on the NE-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Following her collegiate career, Hadder spent two years as a professional player/coach in Denmark with Lyngby Volleyball Club in 2011-12 and Fortuna Odense in 2012-13. She also gained coaching experience working with Stanford University’s summer volleyball camps from 2012-14.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Lucas Yanez

Lucas Yanez joined the Hurricanes volleyball program in July of 2018, accepting the position of volunteer assistant coach.

Yanez joined the Canes staff with three years of collegiate coaching experience in both men’s and women’s volleyball. In 2018, Yanez helped the Benedictine University men’s volleyball team to a 21-6 record and a co-conference championship in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Prior to Benedictine, Yanez spent one season as an assistant coach with the Coastal Carolina women’s volleyball team, helping the Chanticleers to a 28-5 record, a first-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference and a second-round appearance in the 2016 NCAA tournament. Along with coaching and skill development, Yanez was heavily involved in recruiting and game strategy.

Yanez first stepped onto the Division I coaching scene at the University of Kansas, serving as the Jayhawks’ volunteer coach in 2015. While at Kansas, Yanez primarily worked with the liberos and defensive specialists and helped produce the second-best defense in opponent hitting percentage in the Big 12 and third in digs per set. Kansas went on to a Final Four appearance at the 2015 NCAA Tournament and a 30-3 overall record.

Along with his coaching experience, Yanez amassed numerous accolades as a player at Lewis University. Yanez was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) All-America second team, Volleyball Magazine All-America second team and was All-MIVA first team. He tied the record for most digs in an NCAA Championship match with 15 against Loyola.

Yanez graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and earned All-Academic MIVA Conference recognition in 2014 and 2015.

Director of Operations
Kelly Palma