November 2000, Toshi Yoshida became head coach
of the USA women's team, replacing Mick Haley
and he already has to his credit a 2002 World
Championship silver medal, gold and bronze World
Grand Prix medals and a 2003 World Cup bronze
Yoshida served as the assistant coach of the USA
team from 1979-83 and again from 1998-2000.
During his head coach tenure, Yoshida has taken
the US to number one in the world rankings
following their great success in the World Grand
Prix and World Cup. They currently sit second
Yoshida was a star player in Japan before becoming
the trainer for the Hitachi Ltd Club in 1976. He
joined the USA national team in 1979 as an
assistant coach before returning to Japan in
1983 to coach the Hitachi Ltd Club. From
1983-97, he was head coach at Tokyo Gukugei
University. He also served as the head coach of
the Japanese World University Games teams in
1985 (gold) and 1995 (silver).
Yoshida spent two years as the head coach of the
Tierp Volleyball Club of Sweden before rejoining
the USA team in 1998.