Karch Kiraly, San Clemente Volleyball Legend, Named Head Coach of U.S. Women's Team
As an assistant coach, 51-year-old Kiraly just helped the squad win its second consecutive gold medal at the London Olympics.
The announcement was made in Anaheim because that is where the team trains.
"I have revered representing the USA and wearing the red, white and blue ever since my first experience with the Junior National Team at 16 years old," said Kiraly, according to a statement released by USA Volleyball. "It is a tremendous honor to be asked to lead such a powerful volleyball program, and I am thrilled to be able to carry forward the effort expended by this hard-working and talented group of athletes--an effort led by my mentor and friend, previous (U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team) Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, and his staff."
The respect is mutual.
"I could not be happier with USA Volleyball's decision to select Karch as the head coach of the USA Women's National Volleyball Team," McCutcheon says of his successor, in the same statement. "He's a great man and a wonderful volleyball coach--this is a fantastic hire."
Charles Frederick "Karch" Kiraly graduated from Santa Barbara High School before attending UCLA. The member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame is the only American volleyball player to have won Olympic gold medals both in indoor volleyball (1984 and 1988) and beach volleyball (1996).
He went on to work as a broadcaster for ESPN and provided commentary to NBC coverage of the AVP and beach volleyball at the 2008 summer Olympics. But in 2009, he accepted McCutcheon's offer to join him on the sidelines for the national women's team. As Kiraly takes over a team that is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, McCutcheon is heading to the University of Minnesota to assume the head women's volleyball coach position.
Kiraly resides in San Clemente with his wife Janna and sons Kristian and Kory. His career accomplishments follow on the next page.