UGA’s Tom Black to Coach Canadian Volleyball Team
SOURCE: UGA ATHLETICS
University of Georgia volleyball coach Tom Black will have additional duties over the next two years. He’s been named to head the Canadian women’s national indoor team over the next two summers looking toward the 2020 Olympic Games.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this opportunity to lead the Canadian women’s national program,” said Black who thanked both the University of Georgia Athletic Association and Volleyball Canada for the opportunity to take on this new challenge while maintaining his position with the Bulldogs.
Black is not the first Bulldog coach on various national team staffs. Tom Cousins Swimming and Diving Head Coach Jack Bauerle was head coach and an assistant on three different U.S. women’s Olympic teams, while former Bulldog diving coach Dan Laak served on the staff of both the U.S. and Brazilian national teams. Bulldog head track and field coach Petros Kyprianou was an assistant coach with the Estonian Olympic team in 2016 and Georgia men’s golf coach Chris Haack headed up the Palmer Cup U.S. national team in 2002 and 2006 in competition against Great Britain and Ireland.
Black has been the head coach of the Georgia program since December, 2016, and previously was the head coach of the Loyola Marymount University women’s volleyball team.
He was also an assistant with the 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s bronze medal- winning team, working alongside head coach Karch Kiraly. Black also assisted with Team USA prior to its first world championship gold medal at the FIVB World Championship in October 2014. That the team went on to win the 2015 World Grand Prix Championship and a bronze at the FIVB World Cup.
“Tom’s experience at the highest level of the sport will be an invaluable contribution to our women’s program,” said Julien Boucher, Volleyball Canada’s Indoor High Performance Director.
Before being named as an assistant with the U.S. program, Black spent three consecutive summers as a consultant coach as the National Team prepared for the 2012 London Games.