Paula Weishoff Promoted To Women's Volleyball Associate Head Coach

Jan. 13, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Paula Weishoff, a seven-year assistant coach for the back-to-back national champion USC women's volleyball team, has been promoted to associate head coach, head coach Mick Haley announced today.

First hired as the second assistant under former USC head coach Lisa Love in 1997, Weishoff became the program's top assistant when Haley took over in 2001. She was promoted to assistant head coach prior to the start of the 2003 season.

'Paula has been an invaluable asset to our program because of her experience, her talent and her dedication,' said Haley. 'She is integral to the success of our athletes and our team.'

Weishoff, a three-time Olympian, former Trojan All-American and Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee, has helped bring USC back to national prominence. Over the past seven years, the Women of Troy have captured two NCAA national championships (2002 and 2003), three Pacific-10 conference championships (2000, 2002 and 2003) and advanced to the NCAA Final Four three times and the NCAA Regional Final four times. During her tenure, the Trojans have never missed an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Thanks to her coaching accomplishments, Weishoff can now lay claim to three national championships at USC - one as a player (1980) and two as a coach.

In addition, Weishoff's duties as the primary recruiting coordinator have led to two nationally top-ranked recruiting classes in recent years. The class of 2004 also might be ranked as the nation's best.

Weishoff's coaching accomplishments have also been recognized outside of USC. In the summer of 2003 she was selected to coach the U.S.A. Volleyball Women's A2 team in Lake Placid, N.Y.

As the latest in her long list of personal accolades, the 41-year-old Weishoff was recently named to USA Volleyball's 1978-2002 All-Era Team and was awarded the George J. Fisher Leader In Volleyball Award. In 1998, she was inducted into the U.S. Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., for her outstanding performance in the sport.

A two-time Olympic medalist, Weishoff was one of her generation's most dominant middle blockers and servers. She won a silver medal with the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics, a bronze in 1992 and played on the 1996 team in Atlanta. A member of the U.S. National team from 1981 to 1996, she earned USA MVP honors and was the USOC Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year in 1984. In 1992, she was voted MVP of the Olympic Games.

Weishoff played at USC in 1980 under coach Chuck Erbe, leading the Women of Troy to a 46-4 record and the AIAW national championship. In 1981 she left school to join the U.S.A. National Team.

In addition to her Olympic efforts, other accomplishments on the U.S. team include gold medals at the 1981 and 1983 NORCECA Championships and the 1995 World Grand Prix. She earned silver medals at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1991 NORCECA, and bronze medals at the 1982 World Championships, 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1992 FIVB Super Four.

Weishoff's international experience includes a two-year stint in Japan (1995, 1997), where she was named MVP after leading Daiei to the 1995 Japan pro league title. She spent 10 years in the Italian League, playing for Isola Verde Modena (1992-93), Menab� Reggio Emilia (1990-92), Braglia Reggio Emilia (1988-90), Civ & Civ Modena (1985-88) and VBC Cassano (1984-85) - all member teams of the Italian First (A1) Division. She also played a year in Brazil (1994).

A graduate of West Torrance (Calif.) High, Weishoff lettered in volleyball, track, soccer and softball. She captured the volleyball silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1979 and earned MVP accolades at the 1980 U.S. Junior Olympics.

After having left USC to join the national team in 1981, Weishoff returned in 1997 to finish her undergraduate degree. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in humanities and a minor in business in May of 2000.

Born May 1, 1962, she is married to Karl Hanold. They currently reside in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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