The Minnesota volleyball team has named Chris Tamas as an assistant coach according to an announcement on Monday, Mar. 7.
Tamas 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.
"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 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. He joins Alfee Reft, who was hired on Feb. 28, as one of the two assistant coaches on the Gophers' staff under current interim head coach Laura Bush.