SEATTLE - Husky volleyball fans looking for a second-favorite squad now have another reason to throw their support behind the Miami Hurricanes. Former Husky assistant coach Keno Gandara on Monday hired UW legend Sanja Tomasevic as an assistant coach for the 'Canes. Tomasevic is a member of the Husky Hall of Fame along with the entire 2005 team.
The 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a two-time All-American, Tomasevic helped lead the Huskies to the 2005 NCAA Championship and Pac-10 conference titles in 2004 and 2005. She is No. 2 in school history in career kills with 1,795 and the all-time leader in kills per set with 4.57, and the Husky career aces leader with 156.
Tomasevic is the second member of Washington's2005 title team to be named an assistant coach in the last two weeks, as Stevie Mussie was recently hired by defending NCAA Champion Penn State. Both played for Husky Head Coach Jim McLaughlin, who led the Huskies to a fourth Final Four this season in his 13th year at UW.
Prior to Miami, Tomasevic began her college coaching career at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). She spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Roadrunners. UTSA won Conference USA this past season and made the NCAA tournament.
After graduating from UW with a degree in Communications, the native Serbian played seven years professionally, including the last two as a co-captain of POMI Casalmaggiore in Italy. She was named to four All-Star Games and was named the Best Server at the 2010 European Challenge Cup. She won three league championships, including back-to-back Greek titles with Panathinaikos in 2009 and 2010.
Information from Miami contributed to this release.