AUSTIN, Texas – Three-time Olympic medalist and captain of the U.S. Olympic gold medalist team in 2020, Jordan Larson joins the Texas Volleyball team as an assistant coach. Larson was a three-time All-American in Nebraska (2005-08) and a member of the 2006 National Championship team. Larson replaces Tonya Johnson, who accepted the post of head coach at LSU.
“It’s a home run rental”, the head coach Jerritt Elliott noted. “To have the most accomplished outside hitter in American volleyball history coming to our program is so exciting. For our athletes who aspire to be on the National Team, to have someone who eats, drinks and sleeps on. volleyball will be an incredible opportunity. Jordan loves the game, wants to give back and will be a great mentor to all of the women who come into our program. “
Larson was captain of Team USA‘s first women’s indoor volleyball team to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was named the tournament’s most valuable player and top outside hitter. In addition to his gold in 2020 in Tokyo, Larson won silver at the London 2012 Summer Olympics and bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.
“I am incredibly honored and touched to join the Texas Volleyball coaching staff,” said Larson. “It is an incredible opportunity to be a part of the tradition and excellence of this program and to help these women achieve their dreams. I am extremely grateful to grow and learn in this role.”
Closing an incredible year in 2021, Larson was recognized as the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year for Team Sport. After his historic run in Tokyo, Larson joined the USA Volleyball High Performance Academy to engage and give back to the volleyball community. She was also inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020.
Larson made her debut for the United States Women’s National Team at the 2009 Pan American Cup before joining three consecutive Olympic teams. She was named U.S. indoor volleyball player of the year in 2015 and 2016 and became the team’s captain in 2017.
As a professional, Larson played overseas in Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey and China and became the first player to win three consecutive FIVB Club World Championships from 2014 to 2017. Larson returned to the States United to participate in the inaugural season of Athletes Unlimited Volleyball in 2021 and won the championship.
As a four-year-old Nebraska player from 2005-2008, Larson ended her career with 1,600 kills, 1,410 digs and an academic record of 186 aces. In her first season, she helped lead the Huskers to second place in the NCAA and was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. She was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and the first All-American team in sophomore year and led Nebraska to the 2006 National Championship. In 2008, she became the first player to be named Big 12 Player of the Year. and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
A native of Hooper, Nebraska, Larson graduated from the University of Nebraska with a communications degree in 2008. She is married to David Hunt, the head coach of men’s volleyball at Pepperdine University.