Cal Poly volleyball adds assistant from Minnesota

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneJanuary 11, 2013 

Former Minnesota assistant coach and U.S. men's volleyball national team player Chris Tamas has joined the Cal Poly women's volleyball coaching staff, the university announced in a news release Friday. 

Tamas, the career record-holder for assists as a collegiate player at Pacific under a coaching staff that included current Mustangs head coach Sam Crosson, helped guide the Golden Gophers to an Elite Eight appearance this past season and a spot in the Sweet Sixteen in 2011.

His addition rounds out the Cal Poly staff at three, including Crosson and former interim head coach Caroline Walters. Tamas replaces Olivia Simko, who was on staff only for the Mustangs' 4-26 season this past fall.

At Minnesota, Tamas oversaw the training of setters and scouting. The Gophers had the top-ranked offense in the Big Ten and ranked eight in the nation in kills per set in 2012.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to join the program," Tamas said in the release. "Cal Poly's academic and athletic mission is one i firmly believe in.  

A 2003 Pacific graduate, Tamas spent four yeas with the U.S. national team, playing in 34 international matches. He comes aboard for Crosson's second season a the helm in San Luis Obispo after Crosson left Cal to replace Jon Stevenson prior to last season.

"Having played for Sam," Tamas said, "I know he has the drive and coaching ability to make Cal Poly one of the top programs in the country."

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