Morrison Accepts Post-Olympic Position

March 22, 2012, 2:47 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 22, 2012) – Jamie Morrison, a U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team assistant coach/technical coordinator, has accepted a role as assistant coach for University of California-Irvine after fulfilling his current role with USA Volleyball at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Morrison will serve under UCI Head Coach Paula Weishoff, who is currently also an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Morrison was an assistant coach under Weishoff at Concordia University Irvine in 2007 and 2008. Morrison will assist with UCI spring training prior to the U.S. Women’s National Team resuming its training block in May in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

“I am both extremely excited and honored to be a part of UCI Volleyball,” Morrison said. “I would like to thank Paula Weishoff, the team and administration for this opportunity. I believe that the pieces are in place to make this a great team and I am looking forward to working toward reaching our potential.”

“Jamie Morrison is a talented up-and-coming coach who has accumulated a wealth of knowledge working the past eight years at the international level,” Weishoff said. “Working with the National Team, Jamie was the best at finding innovative solutions to approach the game of volleyball from a technological standpoint: visual feedback, tools to read the game better, using statistics to increase performance as well as creating state-of-the art scouting reports. Jamie’s strong work ethic, positive attitude, technological expertise and strong coaching abilities are going to be great assets for us at UCI. We are happy that he is a part of our coaching staff and welcome Jamie to our ‘Eater Nation’ family!”

In Morrison’s three years on the U.S. Women’s National Team staff, the Americans have an 85-37 record. The U.S. Women, currently ranked No. 1 in the world after over-taking Brazil in November of 2011, finished the 2011 season with a 39-10 record. Among the team’s highlights were picking up the silver medal at the FIVB World Cup, their second consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix title, capturing the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship and winning the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup. Team USA knocked off Brazil twice in 2011, along with three wins over World Cup champion Italy and two wins over China (seven wins over 2012 Olympic Games qualified teams). Overall, the U.S. scored an 11-match victory improvement over 2010 and a 21-victory improvement from two years ago.

“Jamie is a great hire for UCI,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “Obviously Jamie and Paula have a long history of working successfully together and I am sure that Jamie's coaching ability and technical knowledge will be of significant benefit to the UCI program. We are also very grateful that UCI is allowing Jamie to finish this Olympic quadrennial with the U.S. Women’s National Team. We certainly wish UCI and Jamie all the best in the future.”

“I also want to thank Hugh McCutcheon, Doug Beal and everyone at USA Volleyball for allowing me to be a part of something as special as the National Teams for the past eight years,” Morrison said. “The connections I’ve made with players and coaches, the accomplishments as well as the experiences we’ve had as a group are things that I will cherish for the rest of my life. That being said, we still have some work to do this summer and we are looking forward to doing everything we can to ensure we are playing our best volleyball in London.”

Team USA finished the 2010 season with a 28-13 record – a 10-match improvement in the victory column from last season. The U.S. claimed the silver medal at the Montreux Volley Masters and the bronze at the Pan American Cup in June 2010. Using a starting lineup of two rookies and four players with less than two years of experience, the Americans earned the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal. The 2010 season was capped by a fourth-place finish at the FIVB World Championship.

During his first year with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2009, Morrison assisted the squad to an 18-14 overall record. The team had 30 players compete in at least one international competition, as well as several other newcomers and veterans returning to the team that only trained at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim.

For the 2005-2008 Olympic Games quadrennial, Morrison was part of McCutcheon’s U.S. Men’s National Team staff that guided the Americans to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal in inspiring fashion. Team USA defeated Brazil in four sets in the championship match and progressed through the Olympic Games without losing a match.

Morrison was responsible for match video analysis and statistics with the U.S. Men’s National Team and implementing the data into training session plans and match-time decisions. He was also charged with creating technological advances to aid in training, scouting and overall team functionality.

In addition to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal, the U.S. Men’s National Team won its first-ever FIVB World League title in 2008. As a result, the United States Olympic Committee selected the squad as its Team of the Year for 2008. The U.S. Men’s National Team compiled a 107-33 record in major international competitions during Morrison’s tenure on staff. Among other major team accomplishments in the past four years have been gold medals at the 2008 NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament, 2006 and 2008 Pan American Cup, 2007 NORCECA Continental Championship and 2005 and 2007 America’s Cup. Team USA also won the silver at the 2007 Pan American Games and the bronze at the 2007 FIVB World League Finals.