John Speraw will continue lead the U.S. men’s volleyball team in its quest for gold through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. His contract extension was announced today by USA Volleyball.
Initially appointed to the position in March 2013, Speraw, 44, has compiled a 68-38 overall record. That includes a historic FIVB World Cup title in 2015, the NORCECA championship in 2013 and a World League bronze in 2015.
“This was something I definitely wanted to do for another four years,” Speraw said. “I’m honored and grateful that USA Volleyball felt the same way. It’s probably been a more successful quad than most people expected. I feel some of the decisions we’ve made about entrusting young players with a lot of responsibility and having them respond so well puts us in a wonderful position for the next four years.”
Speraw will continue to serve as the men’s volleyball coach at UCLA in addition to his duties with the national team. He guided the Bruins to their first NCAA tournament berth in 10 years this year after taking over the program in June 2012.
Currently ranked No. 5 in the world, Speraw and the U.S. men’s team are in final preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those preparations include competing in the month-long FIVB World League, with matches July 1-3 in Dallas.
Speraw guided the U.S. men’s junior team to a silver medal at the NORCECA U21 continental championship in 2004 and a sixth-place finish at the 2005 FIVB junior worlds. He also was an assistant for the U.S. boys’ youth national team (1998, 2001) and assisted at two World University Games (1997, 1999) and two Pan American Games (1999, 2007). He joined the U.S. men’s senior national team staff on a part-time basis in 2007 and served in that capacity at the last two Olympic Games, helping the team to gold in Beijing and a fifth-place finish in London.
Prior to taking the reins at UCLA, Speraw spent 10 years as coach at UC-Irvine, where he built the program into a perennial national championship contender, winning three NCAA titles, a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season championships and a pair of MPSF tournament crowns.
He received the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award in 2011, an award that recognizes colleges and universities whose coaches and student-athletes have earned medals at the past two Olympic Games.
Last month USA Volleyball announced that it also has extended the contract of women’s head coach Karch Kiraly through 2020.