March 7, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FSU indoor volleyball head coach Chris Poole has announced the hiring of Ganna “Anna” Khrystenko as Florida State’s new assistant coach.
“We are very excited about having Anna join our volleyball program,” Poole said. “She has extraordinary volleyball experience at a very high level. Anna played 15 years of professional volleyball in Europe as a middle blocker. Coach McGuyre has done a great job since joining our team in August and I was trying to look for someone that could combine the best qualities that our former coaches, Holly (Watts) and Gokhan (Yilmaz) had for our program”
A native of Ukraine, Khrystenko played three seasons on the National Team while playing professional in her country for seven years (1998-2005). During a three year junior career (1995-1997) she gained valuable international experience by competing at a pair of Junior World Championships and European Championships.
Following her athletic career, Khrystenko began coaching in 2008 as a manager of the Ukraininan Girls’ Team before being promoted to assistant coach of the Junior Team in 2009. During that time, Khrystenko essentially served as a general manager of the club by selecting coaches and players for the teams while working with advanced volleyball development in her country.
Her role in the Ukraine expands further than just a coach. In 2008, Khrystenko was named as the Chairman of the Athletic Commission for the Ukrainian Volleyball Federation and was a member of the Executive Committee and National Olympic Committee as well.
“She has great volleyball contacts throughout Europe,” Poole said. “Anna will be instrumental in our blocking development and training middles and right sides. She will also be in charge of our international recruiting, which will allow us to not only recruit the best in the Southeastern United States, but also the world.”
Recently, Khrystenko took her career to the United States in December of 2013 where she had been coaching the USA NY AAU Volleyball teams, which are based out of New York and are members of the New England Amateur Athletic Union.
“Anna was incredibly generous of her time and spirit,” director and coach of USAny Robert Crispi said. “While we all were aware of her accomplishments in the sport, and incredible prowess on the court, her humility disarmed the players, thus allowing her to simply teach. She is a great coach, person, player and mother. She is the perfect hire.”
Khrystenko is married to Alexander Khrystenko and the couple have a three-year old son, Ivan.
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