DURHAM, N.C. – Duke volleyball head coach Jolene Nagel has announced the addition of Fred Chao to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Chao will serve as an assistant coach, aiding in all aspects of student-athlete development, practice planning, scouting, game analysis and recruiting.
“We’re elated to have Fred Chao join our coaching staff,” said Nagel. “His extensive coaching resume along with his experience in both the men’s and women’s games made him the most unique and attractive candidate for the position. Fred has the knowledge and the communication skills to help our student-athletes prepare at the highest level both physically and mentally.”
Chao brings over 20 years of volleyball coaching experience to Durham, serving as the head men’s volleyball coach at George Mason from 1998-2015 while simultaneously working as an assistant coach with the Patriots’ women’s volleyball team from 1998-2004. Chao spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Virginia Tech volleyball program.
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.
In addition to his abundant collegiate coaching experience, Chao has worked diligently with youth teams and camps at the local, national and international levels. He coached some of the top boys’ players in the nation at the 2002 USA Volleyball Development Camp and was as an assistant coach with the 2005 USA Junior Men’s National Team, traveling to India for the World Championships. Chao also directed the USA Boys Development Camp and was the head coach of the USA Boys and USA Girls Youth A2 Programs.
A Silver Spring, Md., native, 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.
Chao’s wife Dana, daughter Keira and son Kylar also join the Duke family along with the Blue Devils’ newest assistant coach.