Head Coach Karch Kiraly

Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly has served as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team since September 2012.

In his seven years at the helm, Kiraly has coached the program to great success. He’s tallied a 178-40 record from his start in 2013 to the end of the 2018 season, and he’s helped the team claim several big victories and medals. During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he led the U.S. to Olympic bronze. The U.S. opened the tournament by winning all five pool play matches. After a three-set quarterfinal win, the squad suffered a heart-breaking five-set loss in the semifinals, but Kiraly helped the team bounce back and defeat Netherlands to claim the program’s third consecutive Olympic medal. 

Kiraly has also led the U.S. to historic success in the FIVB World Championship as well. In 2014, the United States won its first-ever World Championship title after going 11-2 during the tournament and downing China in four sets during the gold medal match.

That world championship title kicked off a stretch of six wins in seven tournaments for the U.S., one that included a 2015 World Grand Prix victory. The U.S. went a perfect 5-0 during the tournament’s final round for that trophy. In the Grand Prix’s successor tournament, the Volleyball Nations League, the U.S. found even more success by winning the title in 2018 and successfully defending it in 2019. 

Under Kiraly, the U.S. has won several other tournaments, including the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup and NORCECA Continental Championship in 2013; Pan American Games in 2015, and Pan American Cup in 2017, among others.

Before becoming the head coach, Kiraly served the team as an assistant coach from 2009 to 2012. He helped lead the Americans to a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

While he’s proven to be an adept coach, Kiraly is also considered one of the greatest volleyball players ever. He was selected the greatest volleyball player of the 20th century by the FIVB and is one of four people to win a world championship as both a coach and a player (1986 – U.S. Men’s National Team). He also won Olympic gold in indoor volleyball (1988) and beach volleyball (1996). In the sand, Kiraly claimed 148 tournament victories and was named the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Most Valuable Player six times.

Collegiately, Kiraly led UCLA to a 124-5 record and three national titles during his four years. He also has been inducted into a host of Hall of Fames, including the International Volleyball Hall of Fame (2001), United States Olympic Hall of Fame (2008) and UCLA Hall of Fame (1992). 

In high school, Kiraly won a Southern California Championship title and participated in the U.S. Junior National Team in 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Kiraly now lives in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife, Janna. The couple has two sons, Kristian and Kory.

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U.S. Women's National Team Coaches

Luka Slabe.Luka Slabe joined the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team staff in the spring of 2018 following three seasons as an assistant coach on the Brigham Young University men’s volleyball team.

As the top assistant coach for the U.S. Women, the Americans have won consecutive FIVB Volleyball Nations League titles in 2018 and 2019, along with qualification into the 2020 Olympic Games. He serves as the defensive coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Team as well as blocking coach.

“Luka has a long and skillful track record of helping everyone around him - players and staff alike - learn and improve,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “He has a great eye for the nuances of this complex game. He has a unique range of experiences, including already having served as a national team head coach, and he is a really hard worker.”

With Slabe on its coaching staff, BYU posted a 75-16 record in three seasons with consecutive NCAA runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2017 followed by a semifinal appearance in 2018. The Cougars won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title outright in 2016 and claimed a share of the title in 2017. Slabe helped BYU garner eight AVCA All-American certificates, including current U.S. Men’s National Team athletes Ben Patch, Jake Langlois and Brenden Sander.

Slabe also holds head coaching experience in the international and professional game. As Slovenia’s men’s national team coach, he increased the team’s European rankings. His squad competed in the European League (2014), European and World Championship Qualification Tournaments (2014) and the European Championships (2013).

Slabe, a native of Ljubljana, Slovenia, amassed seven years of head coaching experience in European pro leagues from 2008-15. During this period, his teams won six national and international championships in addition to runner-up finishes in six events.

After leading Slovenia’s Uko Kropa from 2008-11, Slabe took the reins of Slovenia’s Calcit Kamnik in 2011-12. He led the squad to the CEV Cup round of 16 and the quarterfinals of the CEV Challenger Cup. Slabe served as head coach of Slovenia’s Ach Volley Ljubljana from 2012-14, leading to the team to two national titles and two MEVZA titles. Ljubljana finished in the top 12 of the European Champions League. Slabe’s final stop before joining BYU was with Austria’s Posojilnica Aich Dob, which also competed in the European Champions League during the 2014-15 season.

Slabe, an outside hitter for BYU from 2000-03, helped the Cougars win the 2001 NCAA Division I-II Men’s National Collegiate Championship title. As a senior, he was part of BYU’s national runner-up finish in 2003. Slabe graduated from BYU in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training.

After graduating from BYU, Slabe played professionally in Europe for several years before starting his coaching career in 2008.
 
Erin Virtue.Erin Virtue joined the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as a consultant coach in 2017 and moved into a full-time role with USA Volleyball in fall of 2018.

Since joining the national team staff, Virtue has played an instrumental role for the U.S. Women to consistently reach podium finishes. Team USA won consecutive FIVB Volleyball Nations League titles in 2018 and 2019, and qualification into the 2020 Olympic Games as major accomplishments with Virtue on the coaching staff.

Among her major responsibilities, Virtue is the team’s offensive coordinator and setter coach. She is also a manager within the USA Volleyball High Performance department.

Virtue arrived on the U.S. Women’s National Team staff while also holding the women’s associate head coach position at Northwestern University. She left Northwestern following the 2018 collegiate season when she started a split role with the USA Volleyball High Performance department before moving into the national team coaching staff full-time.

“Erin has done strong work coaching and supporting USA programs over the long haul, but she’s much more than that,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “She’s dedicated to helping the people around her be the best version of themselves, and doing so with integrity and skill. Since that’s a prime aspiration here, that makes Erin a great fit, and makes us excited to see where our work together can lead.”

Virtue is no stranger to the USA gym as a player and coach within USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline. She served as head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that captured silver at the 2016 NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship and qualifying Team USA to this year’s FIVB Women’s U18 World Championship.

As part of her work within USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline, she observed the coaching methods employed by Kiraly with the U.S. Women’s National Team and implemented the same fundamentals within the youth program she led. In total, Virtue has spent 11 seasons coaching in the High Performance program, mentoring athletes in the Select (U16), Youth (U18) and Junior (U20) age groups.

Virtue served as an assistant coach at University of Michigan for five years before arriving at Northwestern. She helped the Wolverines reach the national semifinals in 2012 in her first season, along with playing a large role in Michigan having the 12th best recruiting class as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com the same year.

Virtue has been recognized nationally for her coaching ability. She is one of only three coaches to earn the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s “30 Under 30” award three times, which is presented annually to honor up-and-coming coaches at all levels.

Prior to Northwestern, Virtue served four years as an assistant coach at University of Cincinnati and helped the program to a 101-36 record during her tenure. She began her coaching career in 2006 at Loyola University Chicago where she handled recruiting and worked with the setters.

Virtue, who was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American setter while playing for University of Illinois from 2001-2005, was on the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team in 2004 and trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team until moving into the coaching realm in 2006.
 
Tama Miyashiro.Tama Miyashiro, a silver medalist on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, has served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team since spring of 2017.

Since joining the national team staff, Miyashiro has played an instrumental role for the U.S. Women to consistently reach podium finishes. Team USA won consecutive FIVB Volleyball Nations League titles in 2018 and 2019, a bronze medal at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup and qualification into the 2020 Olympic Games as major accomplishments with Miyashiro on the coaching staff.

Among her major responsibilities with the U.S. Women, Miyashiro serves as the serve receive and floor defense coach.

Miyashiro, who joined the U.S. Women’s National Team as a libero in January of 2010 after a stellar career at University of Washington, retired from the game as a player last summer following a series of injuries that kept her off the court. Along with her silver medal won at the 2012 Olympics, Miyashiro helped Team USA win gold in three FIVB World Grand Prix events (2011, 2012 and 2015). She was also part of the 2011 FIVB World Cup U.S. squad that won silver to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

“During Tama’s years as a Women’s National Team player, nobody involved with our program was more selfless, more supportive and loyal to those around her, more humble and more dedicated to learning than she has been,” U.S Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “Those qualities always made Tama a prime candidate for making a strong transition into coaching, so we’re thrilled to have her join our coaching staff.”

Miyashiro has also served as an assistant coach for Allianz Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga for two seasons. She helped the team capture its first-ever Bundesliga title in 2018-19 as well as reaching the quarterfinals in the prestigious European Champions League.

In her transition away from being an athlete, Miyashiro served as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State University in 2016. She also was a coach with Peak Volleyball Academy in Harbor City, California.

Miyashiro was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Second-Team All-American (2008, 2009) after being selected to the third team as a sophomore in 2007. She finished her collegiate career as Washington’s all-time leader in digs (2,382) and digs per set (5.36). She was twice named National Defensive Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine.

Off the court, Miyashiro was elected by her peers in indoor, beach and sitting volleyball to serve as USA Volleyball’s representative to the United States Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) for the 2017-2020 quadrennial last year but relinquished the role now that she is a paid employee of the national governing body. The USOC AAC is an advisory council with the primary responsibility of communicating athletes’ concerns and issues to the USOC family, as well as communicating information from the USOC family directly to elite athletes. 

Miyashiro was one of three co-founders for the Give It Back Foundation in which U.S. Women’s National Team players give back to their local communities with clinics for youth athletes in spreading the core values of “Lead. Play. Compete!” and raising funds for local charities.
 
Jeff Liu.Jeff Liu has served as the technical coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team since the 2017 season.

Since joining the national team staff, Liu has played an instrumental role for the U.S. Women to consistently reach podium finishes. Team USA won consecutive FIVB Volleyball Nations League titles in 2018 and 2019, a bronze medal at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup and qualification into the 2020 Olympic Games as major accomplishments with Liu on the coaching staff.

As part of his major responsibilities as technical coordinator, Liu analyzes and enters match statistical data for Team USA and its opponents and contributes heavily to the overall scouting report for upcoming matches.

Liu has served in similar capacities in the collegiate realm. In 2018, he was a volunteer assistant at Cal State Fullerton during the National Team offseason. He was also technical coordinator for the University of Southern California women’s and men’s indoor volleyball teams and the women’s beach volleyball team from 2015-17. During his time with the Trojans, he helped lead the women to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including one of the best seasons in USC volleyball history in 2015. That season Southern California went 33-3 during the regular season en route to claiming the Pac-12 Championship and the No.1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans advanced to the Elite Eight in both 2015 and 2017. On the beach, Liu helped USC win NCAA titles in 2015 and 2016.

Before his stint at USC, Liu served one year as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County women's volleyball team for the 2014 season. He gained his first collegiate coaching experience at University of Saint Joseph (DIII) in West Hartford, Conn., as assistant coach from 2012-14.
 
Liu has also served as an assistant coach in the USA Volleyball High Performance Program. He was an assistant coach for the Girls A2 Select and Girls A3 Select programs in 2015. He served as the associate head coach of the Girls Select A2 Invitational Team in 2016. Liu was also a DataVolley Intern and volunteer court coach with the U.S. Women's National Team from 2014-16.
 
Liu graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in business and technology in 2008. While at Stevens, he founded the men's club volleyball team and served as the squad's assistant coach and four-year team captain.
 
Liu is USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) Level II and Beach CAP Level I certified. He co-authored “The Unofficial Guide to DataVolley 4 Mastery” and has been an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) presenter in 2016 and 2019.
 
Liu holds a masters of arts in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine (2016). He lives in Tustin, California.