Texas makes a 'home run hire' in adding Olympian Jordan Larson to its coaching staff
Making what he referred to as a "home run hire," Texas volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott announced Tuesday night that three-time Olympic medalist Jordan Larson will join the Longhorns as an assistant coach.
Larson, 35, replaces Tonya Johnson, a longtime assistant on Elliott's staff who left last month to take over the volleyball program at LSU. Elliott hasn't had to hire an assistant coach since 2014.
This will be the first coaching position for Larson. As a player, however, her resume speaks for itself.
Larson, who was a three-time All-American at Nebraska, is a three-time Olympian who has served as a captain for the U.S. Women's National Team since 2017. This summer, Team USA won its first gold medal in indoor women's volleyball.
Larson joined Team USA in 2009. She was the MVP of the Tokyo Olympics.
“This is a home run hire,” Elliott said in a press release. “To have the most accomplished outside hitter in the history of USA Volleyball come be part of our program is so exciting."
Elliott continued: "For our athletes that aspire to be part of the national team to have someone that eats, drinks and sleeps volleyball will be an incredible opportunity. Jordan loves the game, wants to give back and will be a great mentor to all of the ladies that come into our program.”
Larson played at Nebraska from 2005-08. She finished her Huskers career with 1,600 kills and 1,410 digs. Her 186 career aces are still a school record.
As a sophomore, Larson helped lead the Huskers to a national championship. Her Nebraska teams went 5-3 against Texas.
Larson's hire is a highlight during what has been a busy offseason for Texas. The Longhorns lost Johnson to LSU and outside hitter Skylar Fields to the transfer portal, but All-American libero Zoe Fleck and outside hitter Madi Skinner, who won a national championship at Kentucky, decided to transfer in.
Texas went 27-2 this season. Nebraska ended the Longhorns' season in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.