Chris Tamas Joins Volleyball Coaching Staff
"I am excited and thankful that Chris is a part of our program here at Cal Poly," said Crosson. "He brings with him a tremendous amount of experience, having competed at the highest level as a coach and player. He has the motivation, dedication, and knowledge of the game that will have a significant impact on our program."
"Having the opportunity to coach Chris throughout his collegiate career and watch his development as a coach, I am fully aware of his principles, values, and his desire for excellence. His core values will match that of the Mustang Way," added Crosson
During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, the Gophers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen during the 2011 season and an Elite Eight appearance in 2012. While at Minnesota, Tamas oversaw the training of setters and scouting. With his help, the Gophers had the top-ranked offense in the Big Ten and was ranked eighth in the nation in kills per set in 2012. Tamas worked under two-time Olympic medal coach Hugh McCutcheon in the 2012 season.
"I am blessed to have the opportunity to join the program," said Tamas. "Cal Poly's academic and athletic mission is one I firmly believe in."
Tamas added, "Having played for Sam, I know he has the drive and coaching ability to make Cal Poly one of the top-programs in the country and, on top of that, my wife and I have lived and traveled all over the world and this is truly one of the most beautiful areas that we have traveled to and it gives us a chance to be near family."
Prior to Minnesota, Tamas coached in the Big West Conference at UC Riverside under Ron Larsen (gold medal assistant coach, USA men's volleyball, 2008). For two seasons, Tamas was in charge of training the setters, scouting reports and recruiting duties.
Tamas brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge built throughout his collegiate and professional playing career. The 2003 University of the Pacific graduate was a four-year starter and team captain for the Tigers and played for Coach Crosson. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports sciences in 2003.
Tamas is Pacific's all-time record holder for assists (5,086) and third all-time for sets played (378). He is ranked in the top ten in service aces (84), digs (498), and block solos (31). Tamas was a unanimous first-team AVCA All-American selection in his senior season (2003) and was team MVP.
Tamas spent four years with the USA Men's National Team (1999, 2003, 2005-06) and played in 34 international matches. In 1999, Tamas helped the team to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Havana, Cuba. In 2003, he was selected team captain and helped the team to a bronze medal at the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea.
In 2005 and 2006, Tamas was a part of the training squad which went on to win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In his two years with the team, he helped the squad to a silver medal in the 2005 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan, and as the setter, led the team to a gold medal in the 2006 NORCECA Championships in Mexicali, Mexico.
Tamas played professionally for six seasons (2003-09), including: Protect Eye Orion Volley in Doetinchem, Holland; Antigos Alunos Volley in Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Reyal Grupo Volley in Guadalajara, Spain; Erdermir Volley in Eregi, Turkey; Dionysos Volley in Pafos, Cyprus; and Isku Volley in Tampere, Finland. Tamas twice led his teams to the National Cup Final (Cyprus and Finland).
He is a native of Santa Barbara, CA and is married to Jennifer (Joines), who was a four-time All-American middle blocker at Pacific (2000-03) and a silver medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She is finishing her professional volleyball career in Baku, Azerbaijan.