Jan. 30, 2002
Fourth-year assistant coach John Speraw has been named Head Coach of the U.S. Junior National Team, USA Volleyball announced today.
Speraw, 30, has served as Al Scates' assistant coach since 1998 and has been a part of two national championship coaching staffs. As a player, he was a member of the UCLA NCAA title teams of 1993 and '95.
A veteran of the USA National Team coaching ranks, Speraw has served as an assistant since 1997 for the World University Games Team (1997 and 1999), the youth National Team (1998 and 2001) and the Pan American Games Team (1999).
"I am excited and honored to be named Head Coach of the USA Junior National team," said Speraw. "I have always considered my experiences with USA Volleyball to be some of the most rewarding of my career and I eagerly look forward to my new role as a head coach."
Speraw earned All-American honors as a senior middle blocker for the Bruins in 1995 when he was voted onto the NCAA All-Tournament Team. He started 29 matches in 1995 as the Bruins compiled a 31-1 record and swept Penn State for their 15th NCAA title.
The U.S. Junior National Team will be comprised of male players born in 1983 or '84. Training will be held from July 8-22 at Lake Placid, NY. When the team is finalized it will travel to the NORCECA Tournament in Puerto Rico. The tournament winner will advance to the Jr. World Championships in 2003.