Austin, Texas – Jordan Larson, a three-time Olympic medalist and captain of the US Olympic gold medal winning team in 2020, joins the Texas Volleyball staff as an assistant coach. Larson was a three-time All-American in Nebraska (2005-08) and a member of the 2006 National Championship team. Larson replaces Tonya Johnson, who accepted the position of head coach at LSU.
“This is a home run rental,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “To have the most accomplished outside hitter in USA Volleyball history a part of our program is so exciting. For our athletes who aspire to be part of the national team to have someone who eats, drinks and plays volleyball sleeping will be an incredible experience.” Jordan loves the game, wants to give back and will be a great mentor to all the ladies who come into our program.”
Larson captained the first U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team to take home a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament and Best Outside Hitter. In addition to her 2020 gold in Tokyo, Larson won silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to join the Texas Volleyball coaching staff,” said Larson. “This is a great opportunity to be part of the tradition and excellence of this program and to help these ladies achieve their dreams. I am immensely grateful to have the opportunity to grow and learn in this role.”
Larson wrapped up an incredible year in 2021 and was named Sportswoman of the Year for Team Sports by the Women’s Sports Foundation. After her historic run in Tokyo, Larson joined the USA Volleyball High Performance Academy to participate and give back to the volleyball community. She was also inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020.
Larson made her debut in the U.S. women’s national team at the 2009 Pan American Cup before joining three-time Olympic teams. She was named USA Volleyball Female Indoor Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and became the team captain in 2017.
As a professional, Larson played abroad in Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey and China, becoming the first player to win three consecutive FIVB Club World Championships from 2014-17. Larson returned to the US to compete in the inaugural Athletes Unlimited Volleyball season in 2021 and won the championship.
A four-year-old player with Nebraska from 2005-08, Larson finished her career with 1,600 kills, 1,410 digs, and a school record of 186 aces. In her freshman season, she helped lead the Huskers to a NCAA second-place finish and was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. She was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American as a sophomore and led Nebraska to the 2006 National Championship. In 2008, she became the first player to be named Big 12 Player of the Year in the same season. Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Born in Hooper, Nebraska, Larson graduated with a degree in communications science from the University of Nebraska in 2008. She is married to David Hunt, the head volleyball coach for men at Pepperdine University.