Slovenian Luka Slabe named assistant coach in the US

Colorado Springs, 8 February - Slovenian volleyball coach Luka Slabe has been named assistant coach of the US women's national team under head coach Karch Kiraly. He will assume his role with the national team after the end of the college volleyball season.

Volleyball coach Luka Slabe is named assistant coach of the US women's national team.
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Slabe, currently assistant coach of the men's team at Brigham Young University, where he also earned his degree, is a former national player for Slovenia who has coached the Slovenian national team as well as top Slovenian clubs including Calcit Volley and ACH Volley.

"He has a great eye for the nuances of this complex game. He has a unique range of experiences, including already having served as a national team head coach, and he is a really hard worker. We're ecstatic to have him join our staff," Kiraly was quoted as saying by USA Volleyball.

Slabe was hopeful he would be "able to contribute and influence our team and staff by bringing my values and international experience to the gym."

After graduating from BYU, Slabe played professionally in Europe for several years before starting his coaching career in 2008. He was the head coach for the men's national team from 2013-15 before returning to his alma mater.

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