Karch Kiraly, one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the United States women’s national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Games. Kiraly (pictured right), the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon, who led the women’s team to a silver-medal finish at the London Olympics. McCutcheon, who also coached the men’s national team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, has taken over as head women’s coach at Minnesota. Kiraly was McCutcheon’s assistant for the quadrennial leading up to London. Kiraly won 148 beach tournaments, more than any other player.
– Associated Press