John Speraw helms U.S. volleyball

UCLA men's volleyball coach John Speraw has been hired as the head coach of the U.S. men's volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Speraw says he will continue to coach the Bruins while he works with the national team, which is headquartered in Anaheim, Calif.

Speraw was an assistant coach under Hugh McCutcheon for the U.S. men's team that won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games. He continued as an assistant under Alan Knipe for the Olympic team that finished fifth in London last summer.

The U.S. men are currently ranked fifth in the world by the FIVB, the sport's international governing body.