Aaron Mansfield is in his second season as Santa Clara Volleyball Associate Head Coach and fourth season overall with the Broncos. The Sunnyvale, Calif. came to Santa Clara after working three of the last five years at UC Santa Barbara with the men’s volleyball program. He was also training with the US National team and playing on the AVP during that span as well.
In 2007, Mansfield was invited to train with the USA National Team where he played for two years. Mansfield has also competed on the AVP since 2008 and led the AVP tour in digs in 2010. During that time, he spent two years coaching club at Manhattan Beach Surf where he led his teams to two silver medals in the 17U Open Division of Jr. Nationals, and also coached at Loyola High School where they earned a CIF and state championship.
While in Santa Barbara, he also worked as the Boys Volleyball Director and as a coach of the Santa Barbara Club Team.
Mansfield played volleyball at UC Santa Barbara where he was a four-year starter, three-year team captain, and in 2005, he earned All-American honors as a libero. He was selected to the All-MPSF Team all four years and is the all-time dig leader at UCSB. Mansfield ranks as UCSB's all-time digs leader with exactly 1,000, over 200 more than the next closest player. He graduated from UCSB with a degree in cultural anthropology.
Mansfield is originally from Northern California where he attended and played volleyball at Homestead High School in Sunnyvale/Cupertino. He played under Roger Edwards and Jason Mansfield at Homestead High School where he helped lead the Mustangs to league championships in each of his four years on the team. He was named all-league four straight years and named the De Anza League MVP three times. He set the school record of kills in a match with 45.
While attending UCSB, Aaron was also the head coach for Club Santa Barbara’s boys 18’s team from 2001-05. After graduating from UCSB he took the assistant coaching job with UCSB women’s team for one season. Following that season, he was hired as the first assistant with the UCSB men’s team where he spent two years working with the men’s team (2005-07).
He married the former Lindsey Spainhour on May 16, 2014 and they reside in Los Gatos.
WHAT OTHERS SAID ABOUT COACH MANSFIELD WHEN HE WAS HIRED IN 2012
Keith Busam, teammate at UCSB
“Aaron is the most hard working, professional coach I know, whose passion for the game of volleyball shows in everything that he does. His ability to identify talent and coach it to its fullest potential is second to none. He has been a winner at every level of volleyball and I expect nothing but continued success for the Santa Clara Women's Volleyball program with Aaron on the staff
“Santa Clara is one of the premier volleyball programs in the country and they only made themselves better with the addition of Aaron Mansfield.”
Rick McLaughlin, UCSB Head Men’s Volleyball Coach
“Aaron is an exceptional coach. We will miss him very much here at UCSB, but we understand that this is a great opportunity for him to get experience in the women's game. He will be a very good Head Coach at the collegiate level in the women's game down the road. I'm excited for him. Jon and Matt are getting not only a great coach, but a solid person.”
Jarred Godinez, teammate at UCSB and coached him at UCSB as well
“My wife and I are happy he is joining the Santa Clara staff! He will be a welcome addition I’m sure! Aaron is arguably one of the best liberos to play in NCAA Division I Men's volleyball. When the libero position was accepted back in 2000, he set the mold for the position. From there Aaron used his athletic prowess, ball control and court leadership to earn All-American. He also set the record for most career digs at UCSB, usurping prior record holder, Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist Todd Rodgers.
As a teacher of the game, Aaron excels in communication. Not all great players make great coaches because they aren't able to convey their information effectively. Aaron is able to transfer his decades of playing and coaching knowledge in a clear and understandable way. With his strong work ethic and high standards of training I'm sure his impact in the gym should be felt immediately.”