John Speraw finished his 10th season as the head men's volleyball coach at UC Irvine guiding the Anteaters to three national championships in the last six years.
With the Anteaters' third national championship in 2012, UCI became just the fifth school to win more than one men's volleyball title all-time.
Speraw, who was named MPSF Coach of the Year in 2012, has also been successful on the international level, serving as an assistant coach with the United States Men's Indoor Volleyball team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2011, he was given the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes the colleges and universities whose coaches and student-athletes have won Olympic medals in the past two Olympic Games. In May, the U.S. men qualified for the 2012 Games in London, and Speraw will once again serve as assistant coach.
Speraw guided the UCI team to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title in 2006 and 2009 and MPSF Championships in 2007 and 2012.
With UCI's first national championship in 2007, Speraw became the only individual to have won a title as a head coach, assistant coach and player in men's volleyball history. Speraw, Rod Wilde and Bob Yoder are the only three to have accomplished the feat as a player and head coach.
Speraw, was named 2006 AVCA National Coach of the Year as well as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. He has been a finalist for National Coach of the Year three times. Speraw was tabbed 2012 Volleyball Magazine co-Coach of the Year
In 2006, the Anteaters had a school-record 21 consecutive victories to end the regular season and held the number-one ranking for eight consecutive weeks.
Speraw, who is 199-106 overall as head coach of the Anteaters, has mentored both the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year and the AVCA Division I-II Men's Newcomer of the Year in 2006. UC Irvine players have earned All-American distinction 21 times since Speraw arrived at UCI, including nine first-teamers. While at Irvine, Speraw's players have also garnered MPSF Player of the Year, MPSF Freshman of the Year, NCAA Championship MVP, NCAA All-Tournament Team, numerous national and conference Player of the Week honors as well as academic distinctions such as Academic All-American, MPSF & UCI Scholar-Athletes and Lauds & Laurels Athlete of the Year. Under Speraw's leadership, the men's volleyball team has produced no fewer than five scholar-athletes each year.
Speraw, who has had a team ranked No. 1 in five different seasons, has placed the Anteaters in the Top 10 final rankings all but one year while at the helm at UCI. In 2008, he received a Pillar Award, which showcases outstanding achievement in ethical leadership at the12th Annual Ethics in America Awards. Speraw was also named to OC METRO Business Magazine's 18th annual list of the Hottest 25 Business People of Orange County and was tabbed No. 16 in the Daily Pilot's 2007 Top 103 Most Influential People in the Newport/Costa Mesa Area. Speraw has been in the Most Influential list the last four years including the Sports Newsmaker of the Year in 2006.
Speraw was named an assistant coach with the U.S. National team in January, 2007 and helped Team USA to a not only the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but a World League Championship. He also served as an assistant coach the U.S. Women's National Team in 2009.
Speraw's other international coaching experience, includes being the head coach of the USA Junior National Team three times as well as the head coach of the Youth National Team. He also served as an assistant for the Youth National Team (1998 and 2001), the World University Games Team (1997 and 1999) and the Pan American Games Team (1999, 2007).
Prior to UCI, Speraw served in various roles with the UCLA volleyball program for 12 years. He played middle blocker for the Bruins from 1990-95 and was a member of two national championship teams. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1995 when he had 11 kills and eight blocks in the championship victory over Penn State. Speraw became a volunteer assistant coach with the Bruins before assuming a full-time assistant's position in 1998. He graduated from UCLA in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and molecular genetics.
Speraw was elected to the AVCA Board of Directors as the men's representative in 2007.
He is the co-author of the book Exercise for Your Muscle Type: The Smart Way to Get Fit and had a cameo appearance in the movie Beach Kings.