OTB endorsement: Vote UCLA, U.S. coach Speraw for president

The individual who both made America great again and proved to made things stronger by having everyone work together isn’t even on the ballot this presidential election.

Regardless of this oversight in our country’s democratic process, Off the Block is endorsing John Sepraw, head coach of the UCLA men’s volleyball team and the U.S. Men’s National Team, for U.S. president.


Speraw in almost a decade of international experience has shown a consistent ability to make America great on the volleyball court. He not only assembles a roster of players with huge, beautiful talent, but makes those players stronger together as a collective unit.

With Speraw making his head coaching Olympic debut this summer, the United States rallied from losing its first two matches to win the bronze medal. In addition, the United States under Speraw won the 2014 FIVB World League championship and won the 2015 FIVB World Cup to qualify for the Olympics.

He also was an U.S. assistant coach when the team won the 2008 Olympic gold medal and for the 2012 Olympics.

Along with international coaching experience, Speraw as a public servant and state government employee has made both UC Irvine and UCLA great.

Inheriting a program with little winning experience, Speraw made UC Irvine the biggest winners in America. The Anteaters during Speraw’s tenure won their first three national championships in program history, including having a multi-national coalition of players on his roster for the final championship.

Speraw following that 2012 NCAA championship then returned to his alma matar and replaced retired Hall of Famer Al Scates as the UCLA men’s volleyball head coach. In addition, the coach earlier this year guided the Bruins to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade.

Beyond his non-stop winning, there are several specific campaign issues that make Speraw the ideal candidate to support this presidential election.

Unlike one candidate, Speraw has excelled throughout his career at using servers. UCLA led the MPSF with a 1.77 aces per game average last season, and the United States had a tournament-best three players with double-digit aces at the 2016 Olympics.

The only reason the FBI would need to launch an investigation into Speraw’s servers is because they are so prolific and agency wants tips on how to be better at the service line.

There has been plenty of criticism this campaign season about the recent deal between the United States and Iran — just not the deal Speraw helped negotiate.

USA Volleyball agreed to have Speraw and his U.S. Men’s National Team play Iran in the 2014 USAV Cup. The United States won three of the four matches during the event — and more importantly the matches were an effort to help improve relations between the two nations.

Besides his familiarity with Iran, Speraw proved he is no puppet of the Russian government. The coach guided the United States to rally from a two-game deficit to beat Russia in the bronze-medal match at the recent Olympics.

The domestic policies of Speraw have yielded successful results that other candidates only claim they can achieve.

Speraw creates jobs every year by having staffs at both USA Volleyball and UCLA comprised of assistant coaches, statisticians and even team managers.

Time and time again Speraw has built a wall on the volleyball court and made other people pay for it. UCLA was among the nation’s leaders with a 2.51 blocks per game average and held opponents to a .219 attack percentage last season.

Speraw also is the candidate who promotes family values by example. The recently-married coach publicly announced before the Olympics that he had frozen his sperm so post-Olympics he could still have more children, even if he contracted the Zika virus while in Rio.

While he may not be on the ballot, Speraw is the clear choice for U.S. president. He has the experience and is a Washington outsider — his teams rarely travel to the Washington D.C. area to play George Mason.

The only way to support Speraw is to go to the polls and vote for him as a write-in candidate. Even if you don’t vote for Speraw, though, just be sure to vote on Tuesday.