Morrison Returns as Women's National Team Assistant
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Jamie Morrison has agreed to return to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as an assistant coach, according to Team USA Head Coach Karch Kiraly.
“Having spent almost eight years with the Women’s and Men’s programs, Jamie has already made incredible contributions to both USA National Teams,” Kiraly said. “I got to witness that every day, with the privilege of working with him side-by-side in the last Olympic cycle. That international experience is a big reason why Jamie will be such a huge asset as our assistant coach. I’m so excited for the program that he’s agreed to join in our effort. Someday this program will reach the pinnacle - we aspire to make that happen sooner rather than later.”
“It is an honor and privilege to return to the U.S. Women’s National Team program,” Morrison said. “I am excited to pick up where we left off together in 2012, build on a solid 2013 season and help this team be the best it can be.”
Morrison has served as an assistant coach with the UC Irvine women’s volleyball coach for the past two seasons, in addition to serving as director of training at Newport Beach, Calif.-based Prime Volleyball Club. Prior to UC Irvine, Morrison was part of the U.S. Men’s staff as technical coordinator from 2005-2008 and as assistant coach/technical coordinator for the U.S. Women from 2009-2012. He helped the U.S. Men earn the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and the U.S. Women to the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
“Over the last two years, my experiences and coaching opportunities have given me slightly different perspectives since I was with the National Team,” Morrison said. “I have coached juniors with Prime Volleyball Club as well as USA Volleyball’s A1 program, worked with Paula Weishoff at UC Irvine and learned how to communicate the skills of volleyball in different ways to different players to become a better coach.”
Morrison admits there will be a slight learning curve having been away from the team during the 2013 season and all the new players who made an impact on a 25-6 season, but he does not feel that will be a major hindrance.
“Karch has built upon the systems and culture that were in place in 2012 but the foundational principles are the same,” Morrison said. “I am very familiar with the program, most of the athletes and the international volleyball scene, so the transition back into the program should be fairly seamless.”
In his four years on the U.S. Women’s National Team staff, the Americans compiled a 106-39 record including a 30-2 mark in 2012. In addition to the Olympic Games silver medal, Team USA captured three consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix titles (2010, 2011, 2012) and the silver medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup. The Americans moved into the top spot in the world ranking in November 2011 and held the spot through the end of the 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2010-2011, Morrison was the head coach of SVS Post Volleyball Club in Vienna, Austria. The professional club, which had six Americans including 2012 Olympians Courtney Thompson and Tama Miyashiro, won the Austrian Championship and the silver medal in the Middle European League.
For the 2005-2008 Olympic Games quadrennial, Morrison was part of Hugh 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.
The U.S. Men’s National Team compiled a 107-33 record in major international competitions during Morrison’s tenure on staff. 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.
Morrison spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California working with both the men’s and women’s volleyball programs immediately before his tenure with the U.S. Men’s National Team. He assisted the Women of Troy to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship in 2004. Morrison also was an assistant coach at Concordia University Irvine from 2007-2008 and assisted the Eagles to a NAIA National Tournament runner-up finish in 2008.