Stanford assistant Shibuya named associate head coach for Cardinal

A longtime Stanford assistant coach was promoted within the Cardinal coaching staff.

The Stanford athletics department announced Friday that Ken Shibuya was named the associate head coach of the Cardinal men’s volleyball team for the upcoming season.

Shibuya has served as an assistant coach on Stanford head coach John Kosty’s staff since 2006. In his six seasons with the Cardinal, Shibuya helped turn around the struggling program into a annual top 10 nationally ranked team and helped guide Stanford to the 2010 NCAA championship.


“The dedication to the program and knowledge he brings is very much deserving of being associate head coach,” Kosty said in a statement. “The title is very deserving.”

Shibuya while an assistant coach was responsible for scouting opponents, game planning and recruiting players.

Shibuya in addition to coaching at Stanford has been a part of the coaching staff for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team since 2003. He most recently served as the team’s head coach at the World Youth Championship in August — the United States finished the international tournament in 11th place.

Prior to these positions, he also was the head coach at Juniata from 2002-06. Shibuya in his five seasons with the EIVA school won three consecutive Molten Division III National Championships and was named the AVCA Division III Men’s Volleyball National Coach of the Year in 2004.

Stanford ended the 2011 regular season No. 3 in the national rankings but was upset in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals and missed the Final Four.