Gandara Named Assistant Volleyball Coach

Aug. 8, 2005

SEATTLE- Jose 'Keno' Gandara has been named an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Washington, head coach Jim McLaughlin announced today.

Gandara comes to Washington from UNLV where he served as an assistant coach for one season. Prior to that, Gandara was an assistant head coach of the men's volleyball team at UC Santa Barbara for five seasons.

'We are very excited about having Keno join our staff,' said McLaughlin. 'I have known him for many years, having both graduated from UC Santa Barbara, as well as having coached him on the 1991 USA Pan American Team in Havana, Cuba and have the highest regard for him personally and professionally. He has quite a bit of coaching experience and has competed at the highest levels having been a member of the USA National Team and playing in the Puerto Rico Professional League. This broad base of experiences will bring an added perspective to the program, He will be a tremendous addition to our staff.'

'Stephanie and I are both extremely excited to join the Husky Athletic tradition and the Husky Volleyball Family,' said Gandara. 'I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Jim and a great staff at one of the top programs in the country. I look forward to the challenge and I can't wait to get in the gym and start working. I hope I can contribute and help achieve the goals and expectations that Jim has set for the team in 2005.'

Gandara began his coaching career at UC Santa Barbara in 1992 as an assistant with the men's team and was an assistant with the women's team in 1994. He also spent one season as a head coach/player with the San Juan Volleyball club in the Puerto Rico Professional League.

Gandara, a San Juan, Puerto Rico native, graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1990 after a successful volleyball career with the Gauchos as a middle blocker. Gandara was a first team All-America selection in 1989 and second team selection in 1988 after leading UCSB to the national title match. He was also a two-time all-conference honoree.

Gandara is married to the former Stephanie Cox who was a standout setter at UCSB and played on the AVP.

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