Brendan Yu

Freelance multimedia professional

United States

Brendan F. Yu is an award-winning journalist whose work has earned recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and volleyball news outlet Off-the-Block, making him the first UCI student to earn either distinction. In his writing, he balances the technical aspects of each game while simultaneously reporting on issues that go beyond the box score. His work has also been published on Vice Sports as well as NBC News.

In addition to volleyball, he has also covered tennis, water polo, golf, soccer and basketball. Yu is well-versed in Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Office, and his experiences include digital production and social media outreach.

Off the Block
Asia tour gives UC Irvine head start to 2019 season

Follow Brendan Yu | Special Contributor Following an early exit from the NCAA Tournament last season, it's tempting to say UC Irvine is entering the 2019 season looking to rectify that loss from the previous season.

NBC News
This Korean-born kicker is fighting for a spot on the LA Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo is no stranger to adapting to new situations. After growing up in South Korea, Koo found himself attending sixth grade in New Jersey, living with his mother who had moved to the U.S. two years prior to pursue a career in nursing while his father stayed in Seoul as a university professor.

Vice Sports
The Battle for Breaking on the Olympic Stage

Photo by Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool This story was originally published on Dat Winning. Flash back to the 2016 Red Bull BC One, the world's biggest international one-on-one breaking competition, held in Nagoya, Japan. The finals featured a showdown between the old guard and the new.

Curry Coastal Pilot
Bruins avenges loss to Madras, advances to semi-finals

Last season, the Brookings-Harbor boys soccer team had their championship hopes dashed after a 3-0 loss to Madras in the semifinals of the OSAA 4-A state championships. Nearly a year to the day and countless thoughts of what could have been later, a revenge-minded Bruins team met the White Buffaloes

Curry Coastal Pilot
Bruins eye return atop Far West League

In recent years, the Brookings-Harbor girls basketball team has been a perennial powerhouse in the Far West League, amassing a conference record of 30-2 in three seasons from 2013-2016. Last season however, was something of a rude awakening for the Bruins, who went 5-5 (13-11 overall) and finished fourth in

Curry Coastal Pilot
Caterers, crews serve weary firefighters at Chetco Bar Fire camp

In 1986, Bob Pitcher was working out of his Montana-based restaurant when he received a request from the U.S. Forest Service to prepare sack lunches for wildland firefighters. Pitcher had "no idea what they were talking about," but managed to fill their request and deliver lunches to a group of

New University
Career and Season Highs Help 'Eaters Snap Five-Game Skid over USC

After the UCI men's volleyball team lost their fifth-straight match to an unranked Cal Baptist team Wednesday night, it was evident that what was once a promising season had suddenly, and unceremoniously, been derailed. The team had already dropped to No. 11 in the national poll after beginning the year at No.

New University
Men's Tennis Win Share of Conference Title

After the UCI men's tennis team suffered an upset loss to Bingmaton earlier in the month, Head Coach Trevor Kronnemon knew the team needed to examine their endurance to remain in contention for the Big West Conference title.

New University
King of the Court

When Sebastian Heim tenses up in the middle of a match, he thinks back to the first time he played tennis again after suffering what was previously a career-ending injury. Overjoyed to be hitting again, Heim was relaxed and loose, playing with no fear on the tennis court.

New University
Luna Tsujimoto: The Last Line of Defense

As a sophomore at UC Irvine, and the starting libero for the women's volleyball team, Tsujimoto now occasionally has to miss class when the team has a road game scheduled up anywhere more than three hours away.s an adolescent, Luna Tsujimoto and her older sister Erica often had to partially miss playing in volleyball tournaments for their club team on account of attending Japanese school in the morning.

Adobe InDesign


New University
NCAA Tournament Send-Off

Junior point-guard Luke Nelson high-fives a fan before departing to Seattle for UCI's first NCAA Tournament appearance.

New University
UCI Men's Volleyball vs Cal Baptist

Zack La Cavera (left), Jason Agopian (middle), and Kyle Russell (right) rise above the net for a tandem block against a Cal Baptist attack.


American Volleyball Coaches Association, LLC
Winner and Finalists Announced for Grant Burger Media Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 14, 2016) - Winner of Top College Student Reporter: Brendan Yu (University of California, Irvine) FAST FACTS • Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper while serving as the primary reporter for men’s volleyball and also covering the women’s team. • Reported on issues that go beyond the box score. • Focused on stories that the casual fan might not have known about. • Often traveled with the team on his own dime. • Increased exposure of the men’s program by...

Off the Block
Winners announced for 2016 EIVA, MIVA, MPSF Reporter of Year

Four college student-journalists received a national award for their college men's volleyball coverage this season. Off the Block announced Sunday that The Daily Collegian reporter Giana Han, Daily Bruin editor Tanner Walters, The Ball State Daily News reporter Elizabeth Wyman and New University editor Brendan Yu were selected as the 2016 Off the Block Men's Volleyball Conference Reporters of the Year.