IRVINE — Newly hired UC Irvine women’s volleyball coach Paul Weishoff, formally introduced on campus Wednesday, made several references to getting the players on board when discussing her immediate to-do list.
But John Speraw, the Anteaters men’s coach and the school’s director of volleyball who was integral to the hiring process, said Weishoff’s arrival is more about creating a bow wave.
“She was definitely a no-brainer hire,” said Speraw, who guided the UCI men to the 2007 NCAA title and helped the U.S. men’s national team win gold at the Beijing Olympics last summer. “We knew what we wanted to do and we didn’t mess around. We wanted to move on this as quickly as possible and we wanted to make a splash in the volleyball community. We wanted to let people know that Irvine is going to be a national player. We’re going to compete for national championships in men’s and women’s volleyball in the future and we wanted to hire Paula before anyone else in the United States of America could fill [their coaching openings].”