Ken Ko Joins WSU Volleyball As Assistant Coach

March 22, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Volleyball Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced the hiring of Ken Ko to the position of assistant coach for the Cougar women's team Tuesday.

Ko, who joins assistant coach Jody Garry on the Cougar volleyball staff, comes to WSU after three seasons as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton.

'Ken Ko is a valuable addition to our staff,' Heffernan said. 'Ken arrives with outstanding support for his character, professionalism and coaching ability. His balance of skills as a recruiter and trainer will make Ken an asset to the future of Cougar Volleyball.'

A 1993 graduate of UC Davis, Ko earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in biomechanics as well as played three years for the Aggies' men's volleyball team as an outside hitter. Following graduation, he worked as a physical therapy aide in Oakland from 1993-99.

Ko started his coaching career at Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif., where he served as the girls' volleyball head coach and program director from 1995 to 2000, and the boys' head coach and program director in 2001. The Miramonte girls won the CIF section title in 1996 and reached the state tournament semifinals. Ko guided the varsity girls' teams to four league titles and compiled a 151-24 overall record. He was named the Contra Costa Times' Coach of the Year in 1998.

Ko worked with the Golden Bear Volleyball Club in Berkeley, Calif., from 1999-2002, where his club teams finished 19th and 29th in consecutive years at the Junior National Championships. He also was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of San Francisco for the 2000 season.

Moving east, Ko spent the 2001 season as the assistant coach for the women's volleyball program at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, before returning to California for the CS Fullerton position.

In addition to his coaching experience, Ko is also certified as a Health & Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine and has worked as a personal trainer in Oakland, Calif.

Ko, who begins his WSU tenure March 24, replaces assistant coach Kevin Wray who resigned at the end of the season to return to California.

Washington State women's volleyball is currently conducting spring practice and tournaments. The Cougars open the 2005 season Sept. 2-3 at a tournament at Davis, Calif., with the home opening set for the next weekend with the Cougar Challenge Tournament.

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