John Klanac

John  Klanac

Orchard Park, N.Y.

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Ohio State, 2011


Klanac Added to Volleyball Coaching Staff

Spent past season at University of Houston

John Klanac joined the Rice University volleyball program as assistant coach on Apr. 16, 2018. Klanac previously served as the volleyball director of operations at the University of Houston in 2017.

Prior to his time at Houston, Klanac was the volunteer assistant coach at Buffalo (2015-16). With the Bulls, Klanac worked primarily with the outside hitters and was in charge of charting offensive attacks. He also assisted the full-time staff with practice scheduling and day-to-day operations.

He is the owner of JAK Active, a one-on-one instructional program for volleyball players from middle school to college level and is a featured player/camp coach for Powerstation Volleyball Club. He has also served as a camp coach for Ohio State and USA Volleyball.

Klanac played collegiately at Ohio State from 2008-11, where he was a member of the 2011 National Championship team his senior season. He helped lead the Buckeyes to four Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association titles and four berths in the NCAA postseason, with one semifinal appearance and three championship game appearances.

He was a three-time MIVA All-Conference honoree, garnering Second Team honors in 2009 and First Team laurels in 2010 and 2011. For his play during the Buckeyes’ 2011 National Championship run, Klanac was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

At the end of his Buckeye career, he ranked in the top 12 kills (1,048), service aces (70) and points (1,217.5). Klanac graduated from Ohio State in 2011 with a degree in history.

Following Ohio State, Klanac played professionally overseas for five years. He played for Patriotas de Lares (Lares, Puerto Rico; 2014-15), Stiina Explorari Baia Mare (Baia Mare, Romania; 2014-15), Al Nasser Sports Club (Juffair, Bahrain; 2014), Waremme VBC (Waremme, Belguim; 2013-14), Kokkolan Tiikerit (Kokkola, Finland; 2012-13) and RWE Bottrop (Bottrop, Germany; 2011-12). With Kokkolan Tiikerit, he helped the team win the Mestaruusliiga (Finnish Championship).



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