May 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UC Irvine Anteaters players and coach John Speraw pose with the championship plaque after the 2012 NCAA volleyball championship against the Southern California Trojans at the Galen Center. UCI defeated USC 25-22, 34-32, 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

John Speraw Named USA Men’s Volleyball Coach


UCLA men’s volleyball coach John Speraw has spent time as an assistant coach for the USA men’s volleyball team during the past two Olympics and now it will be his turn to run the show. It was announced early this week that Speraw will be taking over as the man in charge for the USA men’s volleyball team moving forward. It is the latest accomplishment in Speraw’s career.

Speraw led UC Irvine to three national championships before leaving for UCLA and now he turn his attention to the national stage.

“I am honored to have been selected to coach this elite group of talented U.S. players,” Speraw said. “And I appreciate UCLA’s support in allowing me to pursue this tremendous opportunity.”

USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said that Speraw’s experience as a USA assistant in the past should set Speraw up with a great chance of success.

“He’s a terrifically talented coach who has had a remarkable level of success at the college level. He knows the current U.S. men’s player pool very well from his experiences over the last two quads,” Beal said.

Speraw will officially be announced as the team’s new coach later today at a press conference in Anaheim, California.

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