Jason Tanaka

Jason Tanaka

Associate Head Coach

Three years at TCU

Alma Mater:
The University of Arizona '97


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Coach Tanaka can be reached via email at j.tanaka@tcu.edu or in his office at (817) 257-5324.

Jason Tanaka is in his third season as TCU assistant volleyball coach for head coach Prentice Lewis. He was hired to the post on February 25, 2002.

"Jason Tanaka spends the majority of the off-season on the road recruiting and he's great in the gym," said head coach Prentice Lewis. "We don't skip a beat as far as training because Jason and I have the same philosophy as far as what needs to happen within the program and what our athletes need to progress to the next level. He loves to get in and play whenever he gets the opportunity."

"I'm really excited about the upcoming year," said Tanaka before the 2004 season. "The pieces are getting in place to make TCU a strong program. We have some good young players joining the returners which should make this an exciting year."

Tanaka joined the Horned Frog staff after spending the 2000-01 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. While with the Panthers, Tanaka's responsibilities included coordinating the team's training and assisting with the recruiting efforts. He additionally was responsible for match preparation as well as coordinating all statistics.

Tanaka joined Pittsburgh after serving two seasons at Baylor (1998 and 1999). He helped lead the Bears to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and a school-record 26-9 overall mark in 1999. Baylor, which finished that season ranked 20th nationally, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but fell to eventual champion Penn State.

Prior to his stop at Baylor, Tanaka spent one season at his alma mater, Arizona, as a volunteer assistant. As an undergraduate at Arizona, Tanaka served as a manager for Head Coach David Rubio from 1994-1997.

Tanaka began his coaching career in 1991 when he was appointed head coach of the Huntington Beach freshman volleyball team in Huntington, Calif. He later went on to serve as an assistant for the school's varsity squad which won two CIF division I titles.

Tanaka additionally has several years of experience working at camps throughout the country. He served as the director of the Brian Hosfeld Volleyball Camp in 1999 and worked primarily with the setters at the David Rubio Camp. Tanaka was also the head coach of the Club Cactus Juniors and head coach for 16-year-olds for the Magnum Volleyball Club. In 1998, he served as the tournament director of the Cactus Classic, a tournament featuring over 80 teams.

A 1997 graduate of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in communications, Tanaka received his associate's degree in general education from Orange Coast Community College in 1994.

Last Name Pronunciation: TAH-nah-kah

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