COACHING STAFF

Kristen Kelsay
Assistant Coach

Kristen Kelsay is in her first season as an assistant coach at Northwestern on Shane Davis' staff.

Kelsay joins the Northwestern staff after spending four years as an assistant coach at Michigan State under head coach Cathy George. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Kelsay also served as the program's academic liaison and recruiting coordinator.

Helping the team finish with a four-year record of 85-48, Kelsey was voted a "Thirty Under 30" AVCA award honoree and specialized with the MSU setters. She also worked with Michigan State's all-time assist leader and two time All-American, Rachel Minarick.

Prior to her time on staff at MSU, the Wheaton, Illinois native played for the Spartans, serving as a team captain for three years. During her time as a student-athlete, she appeared in 133 career matches, received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, was a two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten nominee and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She finished her time as a student-athlete with an overall record of 85-50 and two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.  As a graduate assistant at MSU, Kelsay also supported the athletic departments community outreach initiatives and severed as an academic counselor.

 

Kevin Moore
Assistant Coach

Kevin Moore is entering his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Northwestern volleyball team. Hired on Jan. 13, 2016, Moore comes to NU from Loyola (Chicago), where he was the associate head coach of the women's program.

Prior to his stint at Loyola, Moore served as the head coach for the men's program at Juniata, his alma mater, from 2011-2014. The Eagles enjoyed success under Moore's guidance, posting an 86-37 record. He coached five AVCA D-III All-Americans, eight all-conference selections and two conference freshman of the year winners during his stint at the Huntingdon, Pa. school. Juniata advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 2014.

During his tenure, Juniata transitioned from the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) to the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) in 2012. Moore was named the EIVA coach of the year in 2011 and the CVC coach of the year in 2014.

Before his time at Juniata, Moore was an assistant at George Mason for two years from 2009-10 and the head coach at Gates-Chili High School in Rochester, N.Y., from 2004-08.

Moore has been an active contributor to the USA Volleyball High Performance program for almost ten years and has done a variety of things, including scouting and film review for the men's national team in preparation for the 2011 World League in Poland.

Moore won the 1998 national championship during his playing days at Juniata and graduated from the school in 2002 with a degree in education and three certifications.

 

Imran Niazi
Technical Coordinator

Imran Niazi joined the volleyball staff as Northwestern’s technical coordinator in 2019 season.

Niazi joined the Wildcats from the University of South Florida women’s volleyball program, where he spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the Director of Volleyball Operations.

Prior to working for USF, Niazi was a volunteer assistant coach with the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also spent time as a head coach with Sunshine Volleyball Club in Southern California.

Niazi graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies.

 

Ryan Sullivan
Volunteer Assistant

Ryan Sullivan joined the Northwestern volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant in the 2019 season.

Sullivan comes to Northwestern after serving as the assistant coach at Mississippi State University in 2018 and more recently worked with Adversity Volleyball Club.

Before that, he spent 2017 as the associate head coach of Jacksonville University, where he led the Dolphins defense to a runner-up campaign in the ASUN and a Defensive Player of the Year award along with five all conference selections.  He also acted as the head of the schools beach volleyball program.

Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Sullivan was the head coach of Louisburg College in 2016, and assistant coach and video coordinator at Villanova University from 2014-2016.  During his two seasons in Philadelphia, he trained two All-East Region players, and helped lead the Wildcats to an at-large NCAA bid in 2015.

Sullivan graduated from Indiana University in 2012 where he competed as a setter with the IU men's club team, earning MIVA Player of the Year in 2011 en route to a 3rd place finish at NCVF Nationals. After graduation, the Mundelein, Illinois native worked with women's program where he served as a volunteer assistant through the 2013 season.