Tama Miyashiro

Tama Miyashiro, Assistant Coach

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.