COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Denver volleyball assistant coach Tom Hogan was named the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (WJNT) that will complete this summer in the biennial NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Championship July 6-14 in Guatemala.
Hogan has previously served as the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Select A1/A2 program and also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2005-08.
He will be assisted by University of Michigan Assistant Coach Erin Virtue and University of Hawaii Assistant Coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos. Nate Ngo, assistant coach at University of Portland, will serve as the team’s technical coordinator.
“It is the greatest feeling in sport to represent your country, and I am honored to be selected to coach for USA once again,” Hogan said. “I would like to thank everyone at USA Volleyball for this opportunity as well as University of Denver Athletic Director Peg Bradley-Doppes and Head DU Volleyball coach Jesse Mahoney for allowing me to represent our country at the NORCECA Championship.”
Hogan feels the assembled staff will enable the team to benefit from their coaching and playing experiences.
“As a former National Team player and now as a coach, Erin has one of the greatest offensive minds in the USA program and the NCAA,” Hogan said. “We will be in good hands with her coordinating our side-out offense, and I'm confident she will have us running on all cylinders. Robyn is not only one of the most decorated and skilled players to ever wear a USA volleyball jersey, but she is also one of the greatest leaders I have ever been around. It will be an incredible experience for these future Olympians to learn from such a legend, an experienced veteran of the USA National Team. Nate’s statistical and technical background will be instrumental in our preparation for competition, as well as analysis of our team. He is an ‘up-and-coming’ coach in the HP Pipeline and we are excited to have him onboard.”
The WJNT, comprised of athletes born in either 1996 or 1997, will be selected based on evaluations from USA Volleyball High Performance tryouts held earlier this year. The U.S. Women’s National Training Team, with 18-24 athletes, will serve as the second tryout (training period TBA) to determine which 12 players will represent the U.S. at the NORCECA Championship.
The NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Championship serves as a qualification event into the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U-20 World Championship. The 2013 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team, which is elevating to the WJNT age group in 2014, won the silver medal at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U-18 World Championship.
The U.S. has won the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Championship four of the past five times (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) and five times overall. In the most recent edition held in 2012, Team USA finished with the bronze medal after losing to the eventual winner, Dominican Republic, in the semifinals.
ABOUT TOM HOGAN
Hogan is no stranger when it comes to coaching elite teams around the world. He served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team that captured the 2008 Olympic Games silver medal in Beijing after earning the silver medal at the 2007 FIVB World Cup.
Hogan served as head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Select A1 and A2 Volleyball Programs in 2011. The USA Select National Team earned a silver medal at the 2013 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and a bronze medal in 2012.
Earlier in his career Hogan served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in 2004 and was a member of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team coaching staff that led the squad to the gold medal at the NORCECA Championships. He began his USA Volleyball coaching career in 2003 as an apprentice coach working with the U.S. Women’s National Team, the U.S. Women’s National Training Team and the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. Hogan has coached in nearly every USA Volleyball High Performance program level at some point in his career.
Hogan joined the University of Denver coaching staff as the first assistant in 2012. The Pioneers have posted consecutive 17-13 records during his two seasons. Prior to joining the Denver staff, Hogan served as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado for three years.
Internationally, Hogan was an assistant coach for Volero Zurich in the Swiss Women’s Professional League and participated in the European Champions League.
Hogan served as the head coach of the Miami (Ohio) University national champion women’s volleyball club team in 2002, and led the team to the national final in 2001.
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