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“Volleyball player of the Century “ Karch Kiraly named EuroVolley ambassador

Kiraly-artThe appearance of Volleyball legend Krach Kiraly at a further education event for coaches of the Austrian Volleyball Federation on Sunday, April 10th, at the Multiversum in Schwechat/Austria has drawn huge interest. The participants traveled from all over Europe to hear the lecture of the only player, who has won Olympic gold indoor as well as in Beachvolleyball.

The unique opportunity was cherished by notable names as Latvian Raimonds Vilde (Olympic-Silver 1988), Assistant Coach Jakub Dejewski of the polish CL-Final Four-participant Jastrzebski Wegiel as well as Petr Sezemsky of the Czech National team. „The best Volleyball player of the 20th century“ (FIVB) will act as “EuroVolley-ambassador” for the Men's European Championship 2011 in Austria and the Czech Republic. Kiraly was named ambassador on Sunday at the Multiversum in a break of the 3rd final game of the Austrian Womens Volleyball League (WVL) by the president of the Austrian Volleyball Federation (OEVV), Mr. Peter Kleinmann. “I feel honored and I am sure, that the EuroVolley 2011 will be a fantastic tournament. I know that the Austrian national team is working hard and focused for that big event”, said Kiraly.

“We are especially happy to have a true superstar like Karch Kiraly as ambassador”, added OEVV-president Peter Kleinmann.

Résumé Karch Kiraly:

Charles Frederick "Karch" Kiraly was born in 1960 as son of Hungarian immigrants in Michigan. His father, Laszlo Kiraly, played for the Hungarian national volleyball team. is the only person to have won Olympic gold medals in both the indoor and beach versions of the sport.

Kiraly started for the Santa Barbara High School Dons and his father Laszlo was instrumental in helping found the program. The Dons won the CIF SS title with Kiraly in 1978 over Laguna Beach High School under coach Rick Olmstead and were runners-up in 1976 to San Clemente High School. After that Kiraly started for the UCLA Bruins volleyball team from 1979 through 1982. He was named All America all four years.[1] While playing in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion under coach Al Scates, he led UCLA to three NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships in 1979 (undefeated season), 1981, and 1982 (undefeated season). During Kiraly's four years on the team, UCLA won 129 matches and lost only 5. Kiraly won Most Outstanding Player in 1981 and 1982. He was inducted into UCLA's Hall of Fame in 1993. At UCLA, Kiraly studied biochemistry and graduated cum laude in June 1983 with a 3.34 cumulative GPA.

He went on to become a fixture on the national team through much of the 1980s as a passer/outside hitter in the "two-man" or "swing hitter" serve reception system created by Doug Beal in 1983.Team USA would win Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988 with Kiraly. He was team captain for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, wearing #15, and was also named by FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) as the top player in the world in 1986 and 1988.

After the 1988 Olympics, Kiraly retired from the national team. After a stint of professional club volleyball in Italy with Steve Timmons (playing for Il Messaggero Ravenna), he returned to the U.S. to play beach volleyball full time on the AVP tour. Kiraly has won 148 professional beach volleyball titles, and partnered with Kent Steffes to win the first men's Olympic beach volleyball tournament in 1996.

Even in his mid-40s, he continued to compete effectively against far younger players. Kiraly recorded two AVP tournament victories with his partner Brent Doble in 2002 and 2003, and four more with Mike Lambert in 2004 and 2005. Kiraly's most recent victory came in August 2005, when he and Lambert won an AVP tournament in Huntington Beach, California. In 2006, Kiraly partnered with Larry Witt, and in 2007, his partner was Kevin Wong. Kiraly has won over $3 million in beach volleyball. Kiraly retired from the AVP tour after the 2007 season. In April 2009 he was named Assistant Coach of the female U.S.-National Team.


2001 Named by FIVB "Volleyball player of the century"

1988 Olympic champion in Seoul
·  Team-Captain
·  Team MVP
·  137 kills, 16 block stuffs, 15 block assists, 60% kill percentage

1987 Pan American Games (Gold)

1986 World Championship (Gold)
·  All-tournament honors
·  Named "World's Best Volleyball Player" by FIVB President Ruben Acosta

1985 FIVB World Cup (Gold), MVP
1985 NORCECA (Gold)
1985 Appointed Team Captain of National Team

1984 Olympic champion in Los Angeles
·  Outside/swing hitter
·  Passer
·  Youngest player on team (23)
·  Played in all games (19), more than any other player
·  FIVB Sportsmanship Award
·  Connected on 74 of 158 spike attempts

1983 NORCECA (Gold)
1981 NORCECA (silver)
1979-1982 UCLA
·  Setter/Hitter (6-2)
·  1982 NCAA Championship (1st)
·  1981 NCAA Championship (1st)
·  1980 NCAA Championship (2nd)
·  1979 NCAA Championship (1st)
·  124-5 in Matches during 4 years

U.S. Junior National Team
1979 World University Games Starting setter
1979 Pacific Rim Tournament (1st), MVP

1978 Pacific Rim Tournament (1st)
1975-1978 Santa Barbara High School

Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games with Kent Steffes
U.S. domestic tournaments: 1st (144 times) $3,114,998
FIVB international tournaments: 1st (3 times) $83,750

AVP Best Defensive Player 2002
AVP Best Offensive Player 1990, 1993, 1994
AVP Comeback Player of the Year 1997
AVP Miller Lite Cup Champion 1996
AVP Most Inspirational 1998
AVP Most Valuable Player 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998
AVP Outstanding Achievement 2004
AVP Special Achievement 2002
AVP Sportsman of the Year 1995, 1997, 1998
AVP Team of the Year 2004 (Mike Lambert)