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Karch Kiraly agrees to coach U.S. women’s volleyball team through 2020 Olympics

Karch Kiraly talks to reporters during a USOC Olympic media summit last month in Beverly Hills.

Karch Kiraly talks to reporters during a USOC Olympic media summit last month in Beverly Hills.

(Todd Warshaw / Getty Images for the USOC)

Karch Kiraly has agreed to a contract renewal from USA Volleyball to coach the women’s national team through the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kiraly took over the program following the 2012 London Games. The women’s national team has gone 102-20 since he took over. The squad won its first FIVB world championship in 2014 and followed that by winning the 2015 Grand Prix title.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to extend Karch’s contract with USA Volleyball for another quad,” said Doug Beal, USA Volleyball’s chief executive. “His performance as a coach has been nothing short of fantastic. The team has accomplished successes at a level that make him one of the most impressive and successful coaches in the world today.

“The continuity this allows as we continue to build a broad program and Karch establishes his brand and culture on USA Volleyball is also exceptional for the future of our U.S. Women’s National Team.”

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Kiraly, who won two Olympic gold medals in indoor volleyball and another in beach volleyball, grew up in Santa Barbara and became an American standout while at UCLA.

“I’m extremely grateful to Doug Beal and USA Volleyball for entrusting me with this special program, both in 2012, and again now,” Kiraly said.

“It’s been a tremendous honor to lead this special group of intelligent, powerful, hard-working, dedicated women, and the great staff that supports them -- and it’s a double honor to prepare for battle at the Rio Olympics, knowing we’ll have the opportunity to carry that work forward in the next quadrennial.”

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Internet and wire reports were used to compile this report.


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