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Join Us Feb. 4 for Press Conference Introducing Fred Chao

January 30, 2019
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University women’s volleyball head coach Fred Chao will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Center.

The press conference is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the 43rd street parking garage.

Chao was an assistant coach at Duke the last two years, helping the Blue Devils to back-to-back winning seasons. This year the Blue Devils defeated No. 5 Pittsburgh, giving the Panthers their first loss of the season, and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to joining the Blue Devils, Chao spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

Chao’s resume includes over 20 years of coaching experience. He served as the head men’s volleyball coach at George Mason (1999-2015) while simultaneously working as an assistant coach with the Patriots’ women’s volleyball team (1998-2004).

A three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Coach of the Year, Chao guided the George Mason men’s team to 15 consecutive EIVA Championship Tournament appearances. The Patriots advanced to the finals five times and compiled a 246-204 overall record in Chao’s tenure.

Prior to taking the helm at George Mason, Chao worked as an assistant women’s coach at the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1997-98.

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Chao received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in physiological psychology from George Mason in 1994. He completed his master’s degree in educational psychology with a concentration in learning, cognition and motivation at Mason in 2014. Chao played collegiate volleyball at Pepperdine University before completing his career at George Mason.

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