An experienced head coach, assistant coach and educator, Iain Braddak was announced as the Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2018 and enters his first season overseeing the Quakers program.
“Iain impressed us as a passionate, energetic educator who is sincere about his focus on the holistic development of young adults,” said Penn's Director of Athletics, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, at the time of Braddak's hiring. “In addition to his head coaching experience, he was an instructor at his four previous institutions and brings Ivy League knowledge from his time at Columbia. We look forward to Iain continuing the positive momentum of the Penn volleyball program.”
“I am honored and excited to join Penn Athletics as its next head volleyball coach,” Braddak said. “Penn is an inspiring institution and an impressive community of student-athletes, faculty, and staff. I am thrilled to join this department so dedicated to developing champions holistically. I want to thank Dr. Calhoun, Scott Ward, and everyone involved in this process for their confidence in my ability to lead this program forward. Penn volleyball has a rich tradition, phenomenal potential, and a strong foundation, and I look forward to guiding this program to the next level.”
Braddak began his collegiate coaching career at Culver-Stockton College in 2012 a head coach tasked with starting the men’s volleyball program. In his first season, he recruited 18 student-athletes and laid the foundation for the future of the program. He also served as an assistant for the women’s volleyball program.
He then moved to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as the head women’s volleyball coach for two seasons, compiling a 32-14 overall record. Braddak led USMMA to its first winning season in eight years in 2013 and the first consecutive winning seasons since 2003 and 2004.
In 2015 and 2016, Braddak was the head women’s volleyball coach at Smith College before serving as an assistant coach at Ivy League rival Columbia in 2017.
An educator on the court and in the classroom, Braddak has taught classes at all four of his institutions since 2010. His teaching experience includes sport psychology & graduate level motor learning at Smith College, sport psychology at the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as athletic administration and sport marketing at Culver-Stockton.
He holds a USA Volleyball Program Level 2 coaching accreditation and is a regionally certified official with USA Volleyball. Braddak is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and was recognized in 2015 as a National AVCA 30 Under 30 award recipient.
Braddak graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and health education from Springfield College in 2010. He was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2010-11. The Pride compiled a 65-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 2011.
Braddak earned his Master of Science in sports performance and advanced level coaching from Springfield in 2012.