Liskevych Ready to Set the Standard for OSU Volleyball
April 12, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Taras ('Terry') Liskevych (Lis-KEHV-ich), OSU's new head volleyball coach will be introduced to Beaver Nation Thursday, April 14, at noon on the volleyball court at Gill Coliseum.
Beaver fans are invited to attend the event, which begins with Mike Parker, the Voice of the Beavers, interviewing Liskevych, includes time for the coach to mingle with the public as well as a chance for the media to get to know the former U.S. Olympic Coach.
Several student-athletes along with Liskevych's family will also be present. Free pizza will be served at the event.
'It is exciting to come to an institution that is part of the best volleyball conference in the country in the Pac-10,' Liskevych said last week following his hiring. 'OSU is an excellent university and I really like the vision of the administration. I knew that when I came back to coaching that I wanted to do it at the highest level and that is the Pac-10.'
Liskevych becomes the 10th volleyball coach in school history, replacing Nancy Somera who left OSU after leading the Beavers for the past six seasons.
'It's not every day you have an opportunity to hire a person who is quite frankly a legend in the volleyball community,' said Oregon State Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis, last week at the time of Liskevych's hiring. 'Taras Liskevych has a wealth of experience at the collegiate and international level, and I'm confident we could have not hired a more qualified individual for the position. This is truly a landmark day for the Oregon State University volleyball program and the entire athletics community.'
Liskevych spent 12 years (1985-96) as the head coach of the USA National Women's Volleyball Team. During his tenure with the National Team, the U.S. earned bronze medals at the 1992 Olympics and the 1990 World Championships. In 1995 Liskevych led his team to the gold medal at the World Grand Prix and he was selected as the Federation of International Volleyball International Coach of the Year. His teams also finished seventh at the 1988 and 1996 Olympics and fourth at the 1991 World Cup.
Liskevych is a 1970 graduate of Loyola University (Ill.) with a bachelor's degree in biology. He received his Master's of Science in Physical Education from George Williams College (Ill.) in 1973 and finished his doctorate in Physical Education at The Ohio State University in 1976.
Prior to his stint with USA Volleyball, Liskevych spent nine years as the head coach at the University of the Pacific from 1976-84. Liskevych led the Tigers to national prominence, finishing fourth in the country in his fourth season on the job. Pacific never again finished lower than fifth under Liskevych's leadership, including a second-place finish in 1980. The Tigers were undefeated NorCal Champions in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and Liskevych earned NorPac Coach of the Year honors in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983 and earned Pacific Coast Athletic Association's Coach of the Year in 1984. He also received the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association's National Coach of the Year award in 1983.
Since 2003, Liskevych has been the owner and president of Total Sports, Inc., a sports marketing and consulting company. Prior to Total Sports, Liskevych was the president and co-founder of ARK Digital Technologies, Inc., which produced and marketed digital video systems and developed software solutions for sports. In addition, he has spent time as a consultant for the Australian national teams since 1995.
'I missed coaching and the challenges of coaching and mentoring student-athletes,' Liskevych said of his desire to rejoin the collegiate coaching ranks. 'College coaching is so much more fulfilling and gratifying.'
Liskevych and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Mark, 20, a sophomore at the University of Chicago, and Krista, 17, a junior at La Jolla Country Day High School.
The Beavers finished the 2004 season with a 12-16 overall record and were 5-13 and tied for seventh in Pac-10 Conference action.