The Cal State Northridge Athletics family tree has increased its chances of bringing home a medal from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
With the team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross expected to contend for a medal in women's beach volleyball, former Matador Jeff Conover would have a big hand in the duo's success in London.
A former player and coach for the Cal State Northridge men's volleyball team, Conover has helped shape the world's fourth-ranked beach volleyball team.
"Being at these Olympic Games at this venue in the heart of London is a huge inspiration," said Conover from the Games. "You realize that this is bigger than beach volleyball, and you're playing for more than yourself and more than your team. You're representing your entire nation."
Conover began working as the coach of Kessy/Ross in 2009. The former Matador setter (2004-05) has helped the duo to 12 domestic wins as well as six Gold Medals, nine Silver Medals and eight Bronze medals on the international stage. Kessy/Ross also won the the 2009 FIVB World Championship.
"I'm extremely proud to be a part of team Kessy/Ross," added Conover. "But I'm even more proud to be representing the United States. We will do everything in our power to represent our country proudly and bring home a medal."
Kessy and Ross begin Olympic preliminary play against Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta of Argentina at the Horse Grounds Parade beach volleyball venue Sunday, July 29.
Conover joins Matador volunteer assistant coach Keshia Baker (track & field) and Katie Holloway who will compete in the Paralympic Games as a member of Team USA Sitting Volleyball.
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