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Jesse  Tupac
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Jesse Tupac

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
UCLA, '10

Experience:
Second season


02/24/2017

Principato Headed to USA Volleyball Tryout

Junior right-side looking for spot on Team USA

01/24/2017

Denver Volleyball 2016 Year in Review

Fall season signaled first year for Pioneers under direction of head coach Tom Hogan

Tupac joined the Pioneers’ coaching staff as the second assistant and offensive coordinator before the 2016 season. He will also assist in evaluating and recruiting future prospects.

During the 2017 season, Tupac oversaw an offense that led The Summit League in hitting percentage (.253), kills per set (13.91), assists per set (13.06) and points per set (17.75).  Nationally, Denver was ranked 35th in aces per set (1.52), 36th in hitting percentage, 37th in kills per set and 38th in assists per set.  Becca Latham won Summit League Offensive Player of the Week twice in 2017 and led the league in hitting percentage with a .350 rate. Kayla Principato also won Offensive Player of the Week.  

In 2016, Tupac guided Denver's offense to a .264 hitting efficiency and finished as the 23rd-best offense in the NCAA behind 13.21 kills and 12.47 assists. DU routinely hit over .300 in matches as a team, accomplishing the feat 11 times, with a season-best .476 coming on Sept. 11 against NJIT in a three-set sweep.

Tupac brings experience from the college, international and club levels, most recently as the director of volleyball operations at Penn State. Penn State made a sweet sixteen appearance and finished with a 28-6 record during Tupac’s season with the Nittany Lions.

Internationally, Tupac has worked with USA Volleyball in various positions, as well as with the Australian national team. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach for the Australian women's national team at the World Grand Prix.  There, the Aussies beat Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets for the first World Grand Prix victory in Australia's history and their first FIVB win since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He was an assistant coach for the USA Volleyball women's indoor national team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, where the US won gold for the first time since 1965. In 2014, Tupac worked with both the US junior and senior teams at the NORECECA World Championship Qualifiers. He served as the technical coordinator for the women's volleyball indoor youth national squad and worked for the gold medal-winning women’s indoor national team.

Tupac previously served as a graduate assistant at Iowa State and volunteer assistant at Loyola Marymount (Calif.). At Iowa State, the Cyclones advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and finished ranked second in the Big 12. Tupac assisted LMU with training, video coordinating, data analysis and the compilation of scouting reports for the 2013 season.

Tupac has been honored for his work in volleyball as a recipient of the 2015 AVCA 30 Under 30 awards, which recognizes 30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old at all levels of the game.

At the club level, Tupac has served as a coach and administrator for the All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club and Sunshine Volleyball Club. As the head coach of the All Iowa Attack 18's Team, the squad finished in first place at both the Iowa Regionals and the Northern Lights USAV Qualifier. In 2014, he coached the 17-Red team to a 17-National gold medal. Tupac also spent seven years with the Sunshine Volleyball Club and guided the 2013 18-South Bay team to a bronze medal at the 18-Nationals. Both clubs experienced great growth during Tupac’s time with them; the Sunshine Volleyball Club expanded from 15 teams to 23 teams, while the All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club grew from five to nine teams.

In college, Tupac played for coach Al Scates as a member of the UCLA men's volleyball team. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and later began pursuing his Masters of Education at Iowa State.

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