Kehoe to replace Julia Silva on the Crimson Tide coaching staff
Returning for his second season as an assistant coach for the Alabama women's volleyball program is Ryan Wills. In his role with the Crimson Tide, Wills primary responsibilities include working with the middle blockers, installing the passing system, helping with the coordination of the defensive scheme and serving as the camp coordinator.
Before coming to Alabama, Wills was an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa for one season. In 2010, he helped the Golden Hurricane post a school record with 31 wins, including winning the school's first ever NCAA Tournament match. Tulsa finished the 2010 season with a 31-3 record and was a perfect 20-0 in Conference USA, earning the school's second regular season conference title. Tulsa ended the season ranked No. 20 in the country in the AVCA Coaches' Poll.
Prior to his time at Tulsa, he spent two years in California, where he served as Beach Program Director at Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club and coached two teams for the club. He also served as a volunteer coach for the UCLA women's volleyball team for two seasons.
As a volunteer coach at UCLA from 2008-10, Wills assisted the Bruins program under now-retired head coach Andy Banachowski, the all-time winningest NCAA Division I women's volleyball coach. During Wills' time with the program, UCLA reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2008 and the NCAA Second Round in 2009. He helped train three AVCA All-Americans, two Pac-10 Conference Freshmen of the Year and one AVCA National Freshman of the Year.
As the BEACH Team Director and Developer at Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club in Long Beach, Calif., Wills organized a sand volleyball program for the club, and in 2009 the program won the inaugural overall club championship for Club Beach Volleyball.
As a coach for the Mizuno Long Beach programs, Wills helped one team win a silver medal in the 16 Open Division, a National Championship in the 17 Open division at the Junior Olympics and the Southern California Volleyball Association championship in 2008. While at the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club, he earned three Junior Olympic medals in three years, he trained nine girls that received Division I scholarships and had five players earn Junior Olympic All-America honors, including Kellie Culbertson, who was named the Junior Olympic 17 Open division Most Valuable Player.
As a student assistant at Tulsa from 2006-08, Wills helped the Golden Hurricane win its first Conference USA regular season title in 2006, and its first C-USA tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007. TU compiled a 54-15 record during those two seasons.
Wills assisted with Club ONE Volleyball in Tulsa from 2006-08, during which time the program won three Oklahoma Regional Volleyball Association Championships and received three bids to the Junior Olympic National Championship. He has also served as a personal beach volleyball coach in Hermosa Beach, Calif., from 2006-10.
Wills graduated from Tulsa in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He and his wife, Evyn currently live in Tuscaloosa, Ala.