David Kniffin was named head men's volleyball coach of UCI in 2012, and in seven seasons, the Anteaters have won a National Championship (2013), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title (2015) and the MPSF Conference Tournament (2015). With UCI's 2013 National Championship, Kniffin became just the second coach in the 44-year history of NCAA men's volleyball to guide a team to the NCAA Championship in his first season. He was named the 2015 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year and was named Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year in 2013. Prior to his lead coaching role, Kniffin spent five seasons (2007-2011) as an assistant coach with the men’s program, advancing the Anteaters to the post-season each year and winning national titles in 2007 and 2009.
Kniffin graduated from UCI with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2003 and was the starting setter for the 2002 and 2003 teams, guiding UCI to the school’s first No. 1 ranking and first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation post-season victory as a senior. He ranks fifth in UCI career assists (2,806) and posted the second-most single-season assists (1,632) in 2003. Kniffin earned UCI Scholar-Athlete and MPSF All-Academic honors during his Anteater career. Following graduation, Kniffin played professionally for CAI Voleibol Teruel (Spain) for two seasons, while teaching English and helping organize European Tours for American volleyball players looking to compete abroad.