Former Minnesota assistant coach and U.S. men’s volleyball national team player Chris Tamas has joined the Cal Poly 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 16 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 eighth in the nation in kills per set in 2012.
A 2003 Pacific graduate, Tamas spent four years with the U.S. national team, playing in 34 international matches. He comes aboard for Crosson’s second season at the helm in San Luis Obispo after Crosson left Cal to replace Jon Stevenson prior to last season.
Cal Poly divers get under way at UCLA
Four Cal Poly divers competed on the opening days of the UCLA Invitational on Friday.
Sami McIntyre led the Cal Poly women, scoring 204.45 on her six dives in the 3-meter preliminaries. Grace Greenwood followed with 195.30, and Meaghan O’Meara scored 175.75.
For the men, Elliott Adams received 191.75 points for his six dives in the 1-meter preliminaries.
The invitational continues today at 11 a.m. with men’s 3-meter preliminaries and women’s 1-meter preliminaries.