PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ahen Kim, who has helped lead American University to five straight Patriot League titles and three NCAA tournament wins in the last five years as an assistant coach, has been named the head volleyball coach at Brown University in an announcement made by Bears' Director of Athletics Jack Hayes.
"Ahen Kim has experience with a highly successful program at American that has a proven track record of winning conference championships and making postseason appearances," Hayes said. "He is ready to lead his own program, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Brown community."
An assistant coach with the Eagles from 2012-17, Kim helped the program win five consecutive Patriot League championships and make five straight trips to the NCAA Championship. In 2013, American defeated Georgia and No. 14 Duke in the NCAA tournament to reach the regional semifinals, and in 2015 the team beat No. 22 Kentucky to advance to the NCAA second round.
"I am excited to join the Brown athletics department as the University's next head volleyball coach," Kim said. "I appreciate the confidence that athletic director Jack Hayes and the search committee has shown in me. Brown is a tremendous institution, and I am looking forward to getting right to work in developing this program."
Kim becomes the fifth head coach in the 41-year history of the Brown volleyball program and will take over from Diane Short, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2017 season after leading the Bears for 25 years.
During Kim's six seasons at American, the Eagles posted a 162-42 overall record and an 83-8 mark in Patriot League contests. The program achieved a ranking of No. 19 in the final AVCA Coaches Poll of 2013 and finished the 2015 season with a perfect 18-0 record in Patriot League play.
While at American, Kim coached and recruited three AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans, six AVCA All-Region performers, and three Patriot League Players of the Year. He has guided five Patriot League Tournament MVPs, 15 First Team All-Patriot League selections, and 17 Patriot League All-Tournament honorees. Off the court, he has mentored three Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year, three CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and one CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Prior to American, Kim served as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University during the 2011 season, as an assistant coach at George Washington University in 2010, and as an assistant coach at the Catholic University of America in 2009. He also coached with Metro Volleyball Club in Washington, D.C., from 2013-17, acting as the head coach of the U17 team.
A 2007 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, he earned bachelor's degrees in Sociology and American Government.