|Position:||Head Volleyball Coach|
|Phone:||203-254-4000 ext. 2362|
The all-time winningest coach in program history, Todd Kress led Fairfield volleyball back to the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2015. Following the second campaign of his second tenure on the sidelines at Alumni Hall – his sixth with the Stags overall – Kress owns a record of 134-67 at Fairfield and 368-262 in 20 season as a Division I head coach.
Kress, who is Fairfield’s all-time leader in wins (134) and matches coached (201), also ranks second in program history with a .667 winning percentage. He was the youngest coach in NCAA history to reach 200 career wins when he attained the milestone as head coach at Florida State in 2004 and has also led the volleyball programs at Northern Illinois University and the University at Buffalo.
The 2015 season marked a number of milestones for Kress and the Stags. Most notably, Fairfield won its eighth MAAC Championship and subsequently made its eighth NCAA postseason appearance – visiting Texas to challenge the host Longhorns – the No. 2 overall seed and eventual national runners-up. Fairfield also locked up the MAAC regular season title for the 15th time in the past 20 seasons and earned its 20th consecutive MAAC Championship berth.
Guiding one of the youngest teams in the nation with an active roster featuring nine freshmen, three sophomores, one junior and no seniors, Kress collected his conference-record fourth MAAC Coach of the Year Award in 2015. Fairfield bounced back from an 0-2 start to MAAC play and went on to earn top seed in the conference postseason with a 10-match winning streak. That streak grew to 12 matches – the fifth-longest streak in program history – as the Stags outlasted Manhattan in a five-set semifinal and Marist, 3-1, in the MAAC Championship Match to win the conference crown.
The 2015 Stags finished with a record of 21-10 after recording a 19-12 final record in 2014. That campaign was capped with a trip to the semifinal round of the MAAC Championship.
Kress’ second stint at Fairfield marks a return to his first head coaching stop. The 1992 graduate of the University of Cincinnati took the reins of Fairfield volleyball from 1995-98 and led the Stags to one of the most successful four-year stretches in program history.
After an 11-21 season to begin his tenure in 1995, Kress guided the Stags to a 23-12 mark and a MAAC regular season championship in 1996. The turnaround did not go unnoticed, as Kress was recognized by his peers as the MAAC Coach of the Year. He would earn the honor again in both 1997 and 1998 after leading the Stags to the first two MAAC Championships and NCAA postseason appearances in program history. Fairfield went unbeaten (9-0) in MAAC play in both campaigns.
In 1998, Kress was also named the AVCA District II Coach of the Year on the heels of the Stags’ 35-2 final record – a program standard for wins and winning percentage (.946) that remains intact today.
Kress then took the head coaching position at Northern Illinois, once again engineering a nationally-recognized turnaround. The Huskies went 24-9 in 2000 – a 14-win improvement from the previous fall – and went 24-6 in 2001 en route to a Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. Kress was named the 2001 MAC Coach of the Year.
Kress moved on to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2002 as the head coach at Florida State. In his first season at the helm, the Seminoles won 21 games and reached the ACC Championship Match. Despite falling to Georgia Tech in the final round, Florida State’s body of work merited an at-large berth to the NCAA postseason – ending the Seminoles’ three-year absence from the national stage.
In six seasons on the sidelines in Tallahassee, Kress picked up 103 victories. He guided Florida State to four winning seasons overall and finished with a record of .500 or better in ACC play in five campaigns. Kress also mentored the program’s first three AVCA All-America honorees and five First Team All-ACC selections.
Kress headed north to the University at Buffalo in 2009 to begin a five-year stay with the Bulls. During his tenure, Buffalo posted its first two winning seasons since 1996. Kress notched 73 victories with the Bulls, departing as one of the program’s most successful coaches since joining the Division I ranks in 1991.
Originally from Sidney, Ohio, Kress is a 1992 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He has two sons: Trevor (14) and Trajan (11).