BOULDER— University of Colorado Head Volleyball Coach Liz Kritza has announced that Tom Hogan will join her staff as an assistant coach.
“The Colorado volleyball program is taking a big step today as we add Tom Hogan to the Buffs coaching staff,” Kritza said. “To reach the heights that we are seeking here at CU, I knew we needed to assemble the best possible coaching staff that is diverse and complete in every aspect. With Tom’s addition to the CU Volleyball family today, I feel like we have done just that. He has an excellent reputation as one of the best volleyball trainers in the U.S. and his international coaching experience and recent Olympic success provides an excellent perspective and a unique skill set. I am confident that CU will have one of the most well run training gyms in the country with Tom heading up our player development efforts.”
Hogan recently completed his fourth campaign as part of the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team coaching staff by helping the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
“I am thrilled to join Liz Kritza and the University of Colorado as we work together to make CU one of the top volleyball programs in the country,” Hogan said. “Liz has a proven track record of revitalizing a program and developing talented players. She has an eye for the game that goes beyond the court – she has a vision, a true dedication and an ability to bring together all of the pieces of a successful program.”
The U.S. reached the Olympic Games gold-medal match in 2008 for the first time since 1984 and ended up winning the silver medal. The U.S. handed winner Brazil its only set loss of the entire Olympics. During the 2008 Olympics Games, Team USA picked up victories over second-ranked Italy, third-ranked Cuba, fifth-ranked Japan and host seventh-ranked China.
“Tom Hogan is one of the brightest young talents in the coaching world,” said USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal, who led the U.S. Men’s National Team to the 1984 Olympic Games gold medal and led three U.S. Men’s Olympic Teams (1984, 2000 and 2004). “His contributions to the U.S. Women’s National Team program over the last two quadrennials have been significant.
“Tom is a great teacher, both in techniques and system. His experience and knowledge of the game will be a wonderful asset to new head coach Liz Kritza and the Colorado volleyball program. I am confident that the Buffs will soon challenge for the leadership of the Big 12 and become nationally competitive.”
Hogan has coached a slew of talented athletes as a member of the USA Volleyball staff including Stacy Sykora and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos. Both are three-time Olympians and won the silver medal in 2008 under Hogan’s leadership. They were two-time AVCA All-Americans during their collegiate careers.
“Tom is a coach that is very passionate about the game of volleyball,” Sykora said. “The University of Colorado is very fortunate to have a coach like Tom on their coaching staff. His knowledge of the game, his style of coaching and the way he inspires you to be the best is a perfect fit into any college program. Tom was a tremendous factor in the success of the Silver Medal USA Team. Tom was not only my coach but a friend as well.
“Tom has been assisting under top coaches and I feel he has taken what he has learned in every way possible,” Ah Mow-Santos said. “From learning different skills and techniques in all aspects of volleyball- passing, setting, blocking, defense, serving; he has accumulated a whole diary of notes that he has studied and applied to his past job as an assistant this past summer in Beijing. He not only knows how to teach skills and technique, he also knows what it takes to make a team a team. He knows what kind of attitudes it takes to make the gym atmosphere the best it can be while training. He is just an all around coach that Colorado is lucky to have.
As an assistant, Hogan has proved valuable to the program. In 2005, he helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2005 NORCECA Championships and a silver medal at the World Grand Champions Cup. After a disappointing 2006 season, Team USA won 26 of 37 matches in 2007 and earned 2008 Olympic Games qualification at the FIVB World Cup. Hogan was named the USOC Coach of the Month in September of 2007. He served as the head coach for Team USA at the 2008 Pan American Cup in Mexico, which resulted in the U.S. receiving a berth into the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix and fifth-place finish with a young team.
Prior to his role with the women’s national team, Hogan served as an assistant coach with the USA Junior National Team in 2004, and was a member of the 2005 JNT team that traveled to Ankara, Turkey, for the 2005 World Championships. The squad won the gold medal at the NORCECA Championships. He also worked with the USA Youth National A2 Team. Hogan started his USA Volleyball coaching career as an apprentice coach in 2003 working with the USA National Team, the USA National Training Team and the USA Youth National Training Team.
“Tom has been developing the best young players in the nation for the past six years as an integral part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance and National Team programs,” Kritza said. “He has a keen eye when evaluating players and a thorough understanding of how to develop young players into complete volleyball players who are competition ready.”
Hogan served as the head coach of the Miami University (Ohio) women’s volleyball club team, which won the national championship in 2002 and was a national championship finalist in 2001. He also served as a student assistant with the Miami University women’s varsity team.
Hogan graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 2002 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in management information systems and a minor in marketing. He graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University’s (Ohio) sports management graduate program in 2004.
“I feel extremely fortunate to be joining such a supportive university with a true energy and passion for the future of the team,” Hogan said. “I look forward to drawing on my experiences with the USA National Team to contribute to the growth of the players and the strength of the program at CU.
“I owe a large thanks to Liz, Mike Bohn, Tom McGrath, Ceal Barry and the rest of the CU search committee for their belief in me and support of this program. I also owe Doug Beal and USA Volleyball a great sense of gratitude for their support over the last six years, and for the opportunities and experiences that have shaped who I am as a coach.”
Hogan will assume his assistant duties at Colorado on Monday, March 16.
“There was incredible interest in joining the coaching staff here, and Tom emerged as the ideal fit for the program as we move forward to make significant improvements to the level of volleyball that is played here at the University of Colorado,” Kritza said. “The university and athletics administration continue to show their commitment to the success of women’s volleyball here, and when it became apparent that we would be able to attract a coach of Tom’s caliber, they did not hesitate to secure his services.
“He is an outstanding person who redefines diligence, professionalism, and attention to detail. I look forward to working with him and welcoming both Tom and his fiancée, Lindsay DeWall to the Colorado volleyball family.”