Volleyball Coach Named Assistant for Men’s Junior National Team; Leads Development Camp

Posted: July 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University men’s volleyball head coach Fred Chao has been named an assistant coach on the 2005 Men’s Junior National Team and was selected to coach a USA Development Camp being held at Mason this week. Chao directed the 2005 Patriots to a 19-10 overall record and a final national ranking of no. 14.

Fred Chao
Fred Chao

“I am honored and excited to be part of the USA Volleyball Programs,” Chao says, “and I am looking forward to working with some of the best young volleyball players in the country at the development camp. Working with the Junior National Team is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from great coaches and to contribute to the success of USA Volleyball in the international arena.”

Chao joins Shane Davis of Loyola University Chicago as assistants under head coach John Speraw of the University of California, Irvine. The trio will direct the Men’s Junior National Team that will participate in the Men’s World Championship in India, Aug. 6-14. Gary Moore, alum of Mason volleyball, will be an apprentice coach for the Junior National Team and assist on Chao’s development camp staff.

Speraw, who selected 18 athletes from seven tryouts across the country, will bring the training team together on July 20 at the Lake Placid, N.Y., Olympic Training Center. After more tryouts, the squad will be trimmed down to a final travel unit of 12 athletes who will attend the World Championship.

The development camp Chao is coaching started Saturday and continues through Wednesday. It is being held in the John Linn Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The other development camp sites are California State University, Long Beach; and Quincy University.

This will be Chao’s first stint as a full-time assistant with the Junior National Team. He served on the team as an apprentice coach in 2004. He last coached the USA Volleyball Development Camp in 2002 and was one of the coaches at the USA High Performance Camp last summer in Colorado Springs.

Chao completed his seventh season as head coach of the George Mason men’s volleyball team. In 2001, he was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year.

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