March 31, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
Only months away from the start of the 2009 season, head coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri Volleyball team have announced the hiring of Chris Muscat as assistant coach, taking the place of former assistant Chen Feng.
Muscat joins the Tigers after spending two years as an assistant under coach John Dunning and the Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team, where he was a part of two Pac-10 championship teams and two national runner-up squads.
"Chris has done a great job in our program the past two years. He is a very smart young coach, has excellent instincts as a player, and is highly motivated to become great." Dunning said. "Chris will be missed here, but we are all happy that he will be moving on to such a highly regarded program to continue his development as a coach. I want to wish Chris, Chrissy and Hannah all the best in their new life at the University of Missouri."
As a player, Muscat was a member of two national championship teams at UCLA in 1998 and 2000 as a middle and outside hitter, and after his career ended, introduced volleyball to several schools in Northern California along with forming some of the more formidable club teams in the country in Bay to Bay, Vision and Main Beach.
"I've always been a competitive person, and I am very passionate about the sport of volleyball," Muscat said. "I hope to pass that on to the players, along with my knowledge of the game."
Muscat believes that the sport of volleyball is changing with athletes becoming faster, and knows that there will be a lot of competition in the Big 12. "The sport itself is changing every year, and some of the best competition is here in the Big 12 Conference," he said. "Coming from the Pac-10, you have the same mentality; to be prepared every night and not take a day off."
With virtually all of the 2008 squad returning this year, Muscat believes the volleyball program at Mizzou is on the verge of becoming one of the nation's best. "The foundation that's here is very strong, and this group is ready to make a big splash as a national player," he said. "I'm so excited to be here, and I can't thank the Kreklow's and AD Mike Alden enough for giving me the opportunity to be here at a time when there are so many positive things going on."