John Klanac
John  Klanac

Orchard Park, N.Y.

Last College:

Director for Operations

Alma Mater:
Ohio State '11

Joined Houston:
Aug. 9, 2017

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Hometown Orchard Park, N.Y.

Ohio State, 2011
Bachelor's History

Level School/Organization (Years)
Professional Patriotas de Lares | Puerto Rico (2014-15)
Professional Stiina Explorari Baia Mare | Romania (2014-15)
Professional Al Nasser Sports Club | Bahrain (2014)
Professional Waremme VBC | Belguim (2013-14)
Professional Kokkolan Tiikerit | Finland (2012-13)
Professional RWE Bottrop | Germany (2011-12)
College Ohio State (2008-11)
Year Organization, Position
2006-present The Powerstation Volleyball Club, featured professional player/camp coach
2006-11 Ohio State University Men's Volleyball, camp coach
2007 USA Volleyball, camp coach
Year School, Position
2017-present Houston, director for operations
2015-16 Buffalo, volunteer coach

John Klanac joined the University of Houston Volleyball program as a director for operations on Aug. 9, 2017.

In his role, Klanac will assist with day-to-day operations, travel coordination and alumni and recruiting databases. He also serves as the program's liaison to the Cougars' support staff.

Klanac joins Houston after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at Buffalo for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 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 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 in 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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