Karch Kiraly

Santa Barbara Independent

‘Twelve Strong’ and Santa Barbara’s Karch Kiraly Take Gold

It was a shock to Karch Kiraly’s system when his first foray to the Olympic Games at the helm of the U.S. women’s volleyball team ended on the lowest tier of the podium. Kiraly had known nothing but success in the biggest events of his playing career — a CIF championship at Santa Barbara High, three NCAA crowns at UCLA, and three Olympic triumphs: The first gold medal for the U.S. men’s indoor team (1984), a glorious repeat (1988), and the first gold medal awarded in beach volleyball (1996).

Karch Kiraly Coaches Team USA Women’s Volleyball to First Olympics Gold Medal

When it came to gold-medal matches in Karch Kiraly’s storied volleyball playing career at the Olympics, he knew how to get it done, winning three of them. He got it done as the coach of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, as the Americans beat Brazil in a stunning three sets to win their first-ever goal medal on Saturday night at the Tokyo Olympics.