Olympic Champion Misty May-Treanor Joins USC Sand Volleyball Staff

    Misty May-Treanor

    Sep 3, 2013

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    LOS ANGELES - Three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor will join the USC women's sand volleyball program as a volunteer assistant head coach Anna Collier announced on Tuesday (Sept. 3).

    "Misty has a great work ethic both on and off the court," said Collier. "She will bring that same ethic to the team which will enable our student-athletes to see the kind of hard work it takes to become a top sand volleyball player. USC and the sand volleyball team are extremely privileged to add such a valuable asset to our coaching staff. I believe it's just going to elevate our team to another level and make us a national contender."

    One of the most decorated athletes in beach volleyball history, May-Treanor is considered to be one of the greatest beach volleyball players of all time. She has won three gold Olympic gold medals on the beach and teamed with Kerri Walsh-Jennings to become the only duo ever to three-peat in the sport. She holds multiple lifetime achievements including the most women's career tournament victories, most women's career earnings, and most women's international career wins.

    "I am really excited to be joining the USC sand volleyball program and its tremendous coaching staff, this year," said May-Treanor. "I can't wait to learn from coach Anna Collier and to help bring a championship to the university. I am truly looking forward to working with these great student-athletes and hope to aid in pushing them to that next level."

    May-Treanor first teamed with Walsh-Jennings in 2000. Less than two years later, the duo won its first FIVB tour championship in 2002. In 2003, May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings signed with the AVP. In their first year, they went undefeated (39-0), secured eight tournament crowns, and were named the AVP Team of the Year.

    May-Treanor's AVP and FIVB honors include seven-time AVP Best Defensive Player, 11-time AVP Best Offensive Player, three-time AVP Crocs Cup Champion, four-time AVP Most Valuable Player, two-time FIVB Best Defensive Player, three-time FIVB Best Offensive Player, FIVB Best Setter, and two-time FIVB Most Outstanding Player.

    In 2004, May-Treanor qualified for the Athens Olympics and held a 90-match winning streak with Walsh-Jennings. The duo won the gold medal in dramatic fashion without losing a single set in all seven of its matches.

    Upon returning from the Athens games, dubbed Queens of the Beach, the tandem continued to dominate both the AVP and FIVB. May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings returned to Olympic competition in 2008 and became the first beach volleyball team to repeat as gold medalists. May-Treanor was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the women's tournament. In 2012, the team of May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings became the only beach volleyball team ever to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals as they defeated fellow US competitors (and USC alums) April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.

    May-Treanor was previously a member of the U.S. Womens National Indoor Volleyball Team. However, shortly after joining the team, she changed courses to pursue a professional career on the beach. Her first teammate was Holly McPeak, a veteran on the prof beach volleyball circuit. The team of May-Treanor and McPeak found quick international success on the FIVB Tour in the 2000 season. They recorded three FIVB tournament wins and never finished below fifth place. Even though they were a year behind the Olympic qualification process, the duo still managed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where they placed fifth.

    May-Treanor is one of three players ever to repeat as AVCA National Player of the Year (1997-98). In 1998, she captained Long Beach State to an undefeated season and the NCAA title. Her many collegiate accolades include being named the Big West Freshman of the Year in 1995, a four-time All-Big West First Team member (1995-98), three-time Big West Player of the Year (1996-98), and two-time NCAA First Team All-American (1997-98). As a star setter at Newport Harbor High School, May-Treanor helped lead the Sailors to a pair of California State Championships.