NEWS: Assistant coach Jay Hosack and rising junior Aaron Russell leave this weekend to compete in the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship
Ohio State, Russia State and Laval set to compete in tournament
Jay Hosack is in his sixth season with the Nittany Lion men's volleyball team. Hosack joined the Penn State staff for the 2010 season after having served as an assistant coach for the women's volleyball program at UC Irvine in 2008-09. He assisted the head coach in recruiting and overall player development and performance. In addition, Hosack handled scouting reports of opponents and practice plans. Most recently, Hosack served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Volleyball U21 Junior National team, where he guided the team to a gold medal at the NORCECA Championship, earning a bid to the 2013 World Championships. The summer following the 2013 season, he helped the team to an 11th-place finish at the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championships in Turkey.
Prior to that, Hosack traveled to Japan during the 2010 World Championships to assist the Women's National Team with scouting opponents and served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2011 Pan Am Games where the team earned a silver medal. From 2005-08, Hosack served as the associate head coach for both the men's and women's volleyball teams at Irvine Valley College. While at IVC, Hosack helped guide the Lasers men's team to Orange Empire Conference titles in 2005 and 2007 and back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008. Hosack earned conference Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and coached the women's program to a conference crown that same year. Hosack also made a mark in the classroom at IVC, teaching Physical Education volleyball courses.
Between 2006-08, Hosack began his tenure as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men's National team. His responsibilities included creating effective practice plans, handling team data and assisting with player development in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games. He helped guide the U.S. men to a gold medal in Beijing and the 2008 World League Championship.
Hosack, who was a member of the UC Santa Cruz men's volleyball program from 1995-97, returned to his alma mater to serve as the head coach for the men's and women's volleyball teams from 2000-04. He was responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as recruiting and fundraising. While at Santa Cruz, Hosack earned UC Santa Cruz Coach of the Year accolades in 2002 and 2004, guided the men's team to the national semifinals in 2004 and produced the program's first All-American. He also negotiated the first UCSC televised match with a local media affiliate, which resulted in improvements in recruiting and increased community support. From there, Hosack spent one season as the assistant coach at Idaho State University where he handled recruiting, travel plans and tape exchange. He also handled practice schedules and the training of fundamentals.
Hosack also has tremendous experience at the club level and with numerous camps and clinics. He served as head coach of the Orange Coast Volleyball Club 18-1's, the Riptides Orange County Club and the Team Santa Cruz Club. He served as the director for the IVC summer camps, the Aldusal Coaching Clinics in El Salvador and the UC Santa Cruz High Performance Camps among many others. Hosack also directs several USA high performance camps at various locations throughout the country.
"Being a part of the Penn State family means more than just wearing Blue and White. It means that you are upholding the traditions and expectations the athletics and coaches that came before you have put in place. Although I did not receive my undergrad degree here, I am fully invested in all that is being a Penn State. I am, Penn State."
Hosack received his bachelor's degree in sociology at UC Santa Cruz and earned a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
Hosack and his wife, Stephanie Rae Hosack, reside in Bellefonte, Pa.