March 13, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson volleyball head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover has announced the addition of Jason Hou to her coaching staff. Hou comes to the Tiger program after serving as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina for the past four seasons.
“I am very excited to join the Clemson program,” Hou said. “I feel it will be a great challenge as I have coached against Clemson in prior years while at South Carolina.”
Hou began his collegiate coaching career at Saint Louis University. He spent one year with the Billikens, helping them to achieve a 24-13 record during the 1996 season. He next served as an assistant coach at the College of Southern Idaho from 1997-98 and 2000-02. Hou helped to lead the Eagles to NJCAA Division I National Championship titles in 1997 and 2000 and a fifth-place finish with a 49-3 record in the 2001 season. Hou then joined the South Carolina coaching staff and helped the Gamecocks put together a 59-54 overall record in four seasons.
He also served as an assistant coach for the China Women’s National Volleyball team from 1995-98. Hou helped guide the team to a silver medal performance at the 1996 Olympic Games and first-place finishes at the Asian Championships in 1997 and 1998. The team also finished second at the 1998 World Championships.
As an athlete, Hou competed as a setter on the China Men’s National Volleyball team in 1986 and from 1991-94. The team finished second at the 1994 Asian Games and third in 1993. Hou also played with the Army Volleyball Professional Club, participating in six World Military Volleyball Championships and claiming the title four times (1981, 1982, 1985, 1986). Hou was named the Best Setter at the 1993 World Military Volleyball Championships in Bulgaria.
“We are very fortunate to have Jason join our staff,” Hoover said. “His background and his past experiences with the Chinese National team will be invaluable to our program.”
“Presently, we have a very talented team that is starting to mature. Jason’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time. I am personally excited to work with him and anticipate many successful seasons to come.”
Hou earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/coaching from the Beijing Sports University in 1992. He and wife Ling have a son, Bright (6) and a daughter, Alice (2).
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