Youth Programming Director
Director Fun Facts
- Recorded an album in Berlin, Germany
- Invited to study with Harvard’s physics program in high school
- Auditioned to play bass for Metallica
- Has ran every day for 17 years – 6,000+ days
- In the Austin Music Hall of Fame
This season (2023-2024) Doug Keyser is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s top 14s team – 14-1 Green and he will continue to serve as our Youth Programs Director.
This is Doug’s fourth season with Roots, after coaching in the Austin area for the past fifteen years. His teams have had two Gold bracket finishes at USAV Junior Nationals, multiple gold bracket appearances at national qualifiers, and numerous tournament wins. Previously (2022-2023, 2021-2022) Doug Keyser was the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s top 14s team – 14 Green. In the 2020-2021 season, Doug led his 14 Under Armour Green team to a strong showing at USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals (USA Division).
Doug has been the high school varsity head coach at Round Rock Christian Academy since 2015. In his nine years with the program, the Crusaders have an overall record of 314-67-7, and a district record of 81-2 with eight consecutive undefeated district championships. RRCA has advanced to the State Final Four seven out of the past nine years, with five appearances in the championship match, and three TAPPS 3A State Championships (2017, 2021, 2022). Doug was named “Coach of the Year” by the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches in 2017. He is two-time finalist for the Austin American-Statesman Central Texas “Coach of the Year”.
He was selected as a head coach for the 2018 FCA All-Star Match, guiding the Blue team to victory in a contest featuring some of the area’s top graduated seniors in their final pre-collegiate competition.
From 2012-2014, Doug was the head coach of the 7th/8th grade volleyball teams at RRCA, winning back-to-back district championships in 2013 and 2014 with a perfect 23-0 record in district play and 41-1 overall.
Doug was IMPACT-certified in 2009 and received CAP Level I accreditation from USA Volleyball that same year. He achieved CAP Level II status in 2012 and was recertified in 2016.
Building the foundation for player success with technical skills, Doug also instills key behaviors that are vital to future development. He understands the necessity of risk and even the value of failure as young athletes are asked to step out of their comfort zone to develop new skills, try unfamiliar roles, and meet ever-increasing expectations. He creates a demanding yet positive team environment where players learn to be fearless, take risks, fall, rise, and risk again, with a growth mindset to prepare athletes for high school and beyond.
Doug has not missed a day of running since May 2006, logging over 16,000 miles (and counting) during that time. He and his wife have three daughters and live in Cedar Park. This is Doug’s 4th season with the Roots Volleyball Family.