USC is known for its winning tradition and competitive spirit from the classroom to athletics. On Thursday, the Trojans announced that they’ve hired 3-time Olympian Jeff Nygaard as the head coach of the Men's Volleyball Team. Nygaard was welcomed with cheers and positive expectations.
Nygaard is one of the best indoor and beach volleyball player that ever competed, becoming a 2-time collegiate MVP while playing on a pair of NCAA championship teams. The Madison, Wisconsin native played in the 2004 Summer Olympics with partner Dain Blanton in Athens, Greece. Nygaard was also a member of the 1996 & 2000 men’s Olympic National Indoor team.
The hire was long time coming with coach Nygaard serving as the Trojans men’s volleyball team assistant coach for the past five years.
USC athletic director Pat Haden stated, "We are delighted to name Jeff as our head coach". Nygaard is known for his coaching strengths and his knowledge of the game. He knows what it takes to win and has the competitive edge that will help separate the Trojans from the rest of the country. Coach Nygaard will replace Bill Ferguson, who was at the helm for the past nine years.
USC is no stranger to success on the court, as the men of Troy have won four NCAA championships (1977-80-88-90), as well as appearing in an outstanding 14 NCAA Final Four appearances. The Trojans have produced 18 Olympians along with 34 All-American first teamers.
With the Trojans finishing 19-9 last year, Nygaard brings back a talented Trojan team led by Senior Micah Christenson, one of the world’s best setter. Look for USC to dominate the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and coach Jeff Nygaard to have many successful years with the Trojans. Fight On!