Chris Tamas enters his second year as an assistant coach with Golden Gopher Volleyball. He joins the Minnesota coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach for UC Riverside since June, 2009. After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in sports sciences in 2003 from Pacific, Tamas represented USA Volleyball in 34 international matches.
He was selected as team captain by his peers in 2003 and was a flag bearer for the World University Games in Daegue, South Korea. Tamas also participated in the 1999 World Junior Championships in Havana, Cuba and has played and lived overseas in Holland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus and Finland.
Tamas played at Pacific from 2000-03, and claimed All-America honors in his senior season. He finished his career with the Tigers as the school's all-time assist leader and ranked in the top-10 in five other career and single-season categories.
"I am very excited that Chris has agreed to join the coaching staff," said Minnesota Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon. "He has been coaching under Ron Larson at UC Riverside, who is someone I respect and admire. I know Chris will bring a lot of valuable knowledge and experience to the program."
Tamas is married to Jennifer Joines, a member of the USA Women's Indoor Volleyball Team that took the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.