Tom Black, Assistant Coach
4th Season

Tom Black, the current head coach of the Loyola Marymount University women’s volleyball team, is in his fourth season working with the U.S. Women's National Team.

“The Olympic Games is our sport’s biggest stage, and I am truly honored and humbled to work alongside Karch and his staff throughout this quad,” Black said. “Karch is an iconic figure in our sport, but over the past three years I have had the privilege of getting to know him well while working closely with him as a coach, and there is no better person to lead this program toward the 2016 Games. I am so excited to learn under Karch, as well as provide my best efforts for our program and these wonderful athletes in the USA gym.”

Black, now in his seventh season at LMU while serving on the Team USA staff, has helped guide Team USA to a 119-23 record.

“Tom is a talented coach who is dedicated to being the best he can be at his craft every day, just as we ask our USA athletes to do,” Kiraly said. “Serving as a consultant coach during the last quad, Tom has already made valuable contributions in the USA gym. I’ve enjoyed getting to know and work alongside him, and this program is blessed to have his service as it aspires to reach heights never attained before.”

Black spent the last three summers as a consultant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as the squad prepared for the 2012 London Games. As the consultant coach, Black primarily assisted in the training sessions at the USA National Teams Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Serving as a coach since its inception, including the first four as head coach, Black recently completed his fifth year with the LMU sand volleyball program in the spring of 2016.

Black guided LMU to just its second NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2015, marking the third trip in the last four years for the Lions, and the 13th overall in program history. Black's 2015 squad finished the year 24-9 overall and 13-5 in the WCC (T-3rd). The 24 victories were the most for the Lions since recording 26 in 2003, while the third-place finish was the best for the Lions since finishing third in 2003. In arguably the biggest win in LMU history, LMU, which was one of four WCC teams to make the tournament, swept #6 Stanford on the road to advance to the Sweet 16 - the highest-ranked opponent to ever fall to the Lions. The Lions won 15 of their last 18 matches, including five of their final six to make the historic run. Following the tremendous year, Black saw three of his players honored by the AVCA, including Sarah Sponcil being named an AVCA honorable mention All-American. While Sponcil was also named AVCA All-Region, seniors Hannah Tedrow and Rachelle Suaava earned honorable mention All-Region nods. The trio also garnered All-WCC honors, with Sponcil and Tedrow taking home first team selections. Black's 24 victories handed him back-to-back 20+ win seasons, marking the first time for LMU since 1999-00. Black's Lions also posted 10+ WCC wins in consecutive years for the first time since 1996-97.

Including a 115-29 record at NCAA Division II UC San Diego, Black has accumulated a 162-73 record as a head coach in women’s collegiate volleyball. He was named the 2006 AVCA Pacific Region Coach of the Year after leading the Tritons to a 26-3 record.

Before arriving at UCSD, Black spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s volleyball program at University of Southern California. Prior to his stint with the Trojans, he spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the men’s head coach at Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills, Calif. He also was an assistant in 2003 with the Pierce women’s team. His men’s squads won the 2002 and 2003 California state junior college crowns, finishing 15-3 in 2002 and 17-2 in 2003.

On the club circuit, Black served four years as the co-director of the Santa Monica Beach Club team. He was the head coach of SMBC’s boys’ 18s team in 2003, 2004 and 2005 after serving as an assistant in 2002 with the 18s team that won the bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships. He also was the head coach of SMBC’s girls’ 17s team in 2005.

As a player, Black was a four-year varsity letterman for the UCSD men’s volleyball program from 1993-96, setting numerous hitting records and earning All-MPSF honorable mention honors as a senior in 1996. He was Volleyball Magazine’s Small College Player of the Year in 1996, while also earning Small College All-America honors that same year.

Black received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCSD in 1996.