Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw led the Trojans with 10 kills against the Anteaters
To many, she is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in the history of the sport of volleyball. Around USC, she's coach Weishoff.
Paula Weishoff, a three-time Olympian, former Trojan All-American and Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee who has more than a decade's worth of international experience, begins her seventh season as the assistant head coach for the Women of Troy. Under head coach Mick Haley, she was named the program's top assistant in 1999.
Weishoff's responsibilities include coaching and running the offense, training the defense and serving as the primary recruiting coordinator.
Her coaching abilities on the court, as well as her efforts in the recruiting arena, paid off last season as she helped lead the Women of Troy to the 2002 NCAA Championship - USC's first national title since 1981. Thanks to her coaching accomplishments, Weishoff can now lay claim to two national championships at USC - one as a player (1980) and one as an assistant coach (2002).
In addition to leading the Women of Troy to last season's championship, the 2001 NCAA Regional Finals, 2000 NCAA Championship Semifinal and six consecutive postseason appearances during her coaching tenure, Weishoff helped USC sign the nation's top recruiting classes for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
This summer she was selected to coach the U.S.A. Volleyball Women's A2 team in Lake Placid, N.Y.
As the latest in her long list of personal accolades, the 41-year-old Weishoff was recently named to USA Volleyball's 1978-2002 All-Era Team and was awarded the George J. Fisher Leader In Volleyball Award. In 1998, she was inducted into the U.S. Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., for her outstanding performance in the sport.
A two-time Olympic medalist, Weishoff is one of her generation's most dominant middle blockers and servers. She won a silver medal with the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics, a bronze in 1992 and played on the 1996 team in Atlanta. A member of the U.S. National team from 1981 to 1996, she earned USA MVP honors and was the USOC Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year in 1984. In 1992, she was voted MVP of the Olympic Games.
Weishoff played at USC in 1980 under coach Chuck Erbe, leading the Women of Troy to a 46-4 record and the AIAW national championship. In 1981 she left school to join the U.S.A. National Team.
In addition to her Olympic efforts, other accomplishments on the U.S. team include gold medals at the 1981 and 1983 NORCECA Championships and the 1995 World Grand Prix. She earned silver medals at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1991 NORCECA, and bronze medals at the 1982 World Championships, 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1992 FIVB Super Four.
Weishoff's international experience includes a two-year stint in Japan (1995, 1997) where she was named MVP after leading Daiei to the 1995 Japan pro league title. She spent 10 years in the Italian League, playing for Isola Verde Modena (1992-93), Menabò Reggio Emilia (1990-92), Braglia Reggio Emilia (1988-90), Civ & Civ Modena (1985-88) and VBC Cassano (1984-85) - all member teams of the Italian First (A1) Division. She also played a year in Brazil (1994).
A graduate of West Torrance (Calif.) High, Weishoff lettered in volleyball, track, soccer and softball. She captured the volleyball silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1979 and earned MVP accolades at the 1980 U.S. Junior Olympics.
After having left USC to join the national team in 1981, Weishoff returned in 1997 to finish her undergraduate degree. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in humanities and a minor in business in May of 2000.
Born May 1, 1962, she is married to Karl Hanold. They currently reside in Huntington Beach, Calif.