TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State beach volleyball head coach Brooke Niles announced the hiring of Jason Lochhead as the assistant coach on Wednesday for the 2019 season. He is assuming the role of previous assistant coach Angela Rock.
“I am really excited to have Jason on our staff and working fulltime with our players,” said head coach Brooke Niles. “He has a vast knowledge of volleyball and I love all of his training techniques. He is proven to know how to develop players. He is going to bring a lot to Florida State and we are excited to get started with him.”
Lochhead has a plethora of playing and coaching experience on the professional level. He is one of the most famous players to come out of New Zealand as he represented his country in 116 international tournaments. Lochhead played in 131 professional tournaments in his career, earning two third-place finishes and 22 finishes in the top-10.
In 2014 he got into coaching as he helped coach Canada’s Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk to the Olympics where they qualified for the main draw, with an upset over Brazil in pool play, before losing in the first round. In 2017 Lochhead took over as the coach for Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena.
Lochhead helped coach Dalhausser and Lucena to eight AVP wins and four FIVB wins, including wins at the 2017 Gstaad Major, the 2017 World Tour Finals and the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major.
In 2018, Lochhead got back in the sand in Hermosa Beach with Dalhausser after Lucena had to pull out from the tournament. In his first professional event since 2016, he and Dalhausser made their way to the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 1 seed and eventual tournament native.
During the 2018-19 season for Florida State, Lochhead served as the Director of Player Development for the Seminoles. With his help, the Noles won their fourth straight conference title making yet another NCAA Tournament. With his help four newcomers earned over 15 wins in their first season, while Kate Privett earned CCSA Freshman of the Year. He also helped develop Madison Fitzpatrick and Alaina Chacon into a formidable No. 1 pair as the two went 14-7 at the top position a season ago, earning themselves second-team Volleyballmag.com All-American honors.
“I am super excited to join the staff,” said Lochhead. “I got a small taste of it last year and now coming in and helping the girls out full time is super exciting. I am hoping to help the girls grow and get better this season.”
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