Name: Karch Kiraly
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Event(s): Beach, Indoor
DOB: 11/3/1960
Birthplace: Jackson, Mich.
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
High School: Santa Barbara High School (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Three-time Olympian (1984, 1988, 1996); three-time Olympic medalist (3 golds)
  • Los Angeles 1984, gold (indoor)
  • Seoul 1988, gold (indoor)
  • Atlanta 1996, gold (beach)
Personal: Played in his first beach volleyball tournament at 11 years old...Earned his AAA rating in beach volleyball at age 17...Joined the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Volleyball Team in 1981...Attended UCLA where he won three NCAA championships under head coach Al Scates...Was the youngest player on the 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medal indoor volleyball team...Was named the top volleyball player in the world by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) in 1986 and 1988...Won at least one tournament in 24 out of the 28 season he played beach volleyball professionally...Claimed titles with 13 different partners in beach volleyball...First began coaching at St. Margaret's Episcopal High School...Served as an assistant coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team...Named head coach of the 2012 U.S. Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team...First person to win a world championship gold medal as both a player and a coach...Honored by the FIVB as the greatest volleyball player of the 20th century...Has two children, Kristian and Kory.