The Bruins' former two-time NCAA champion middle blocker and current Men's coach, John Speraw, has a new job title to add to his resume.
Speraw, who is in the middle of his inaugural season as the Bruins' men's coach will be named head coach for U.S.A. Volleyball as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. From Yahoo! Sports:
Speraw will continue to coach the Bruins while he works with the national team, which is headquartered in Anaheim, Calif. He took over as UCLA coach this season and has led the team to a 15-9 record.
''John has experience in the international game, has relationships with the current national team players and has direct exposure to the next generation of players, which are a few of the many reasons that make John a good fit to take charge of the national team,'' three-time Olympian Reid Priddy said.
It will be a nasty commute to Anaheim and back, but Speraw should be familiar with the routes. He was the head coach at UC Irvine and won three NCAA titles there before returning home to Westwood this season when he replaced the legendary Al Scates.
Speraw worked as an assistant coach for both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams.