Ken Ko begins his second year on the Washington State University volleyball coaching staff and is an instrumental component of rebuilding the Cougar volleyball program. Ko works closely with Coach Heffernan in preparing the team for competition and has traveled around the country evaluating potential future Cougar players.
A 1993 graduate of UC Davis, Ko earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in biomechanics as well as played three years for the Aggies' men's volleyball team as an outside hitter. Following graduation, he worked as a physical therapy aide in Oakland from 1993-99.
Ko started his coaching career at Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif., where he served as the girls' volleyball head coach and program director from 1995 to 2000, and the boys' head coach and program director in 2001. The Miramonte girls won the CIF section title in 1996 and reached the state tournament semifinals. Ko guided the varsity girls' teams to four league titles and compiled a 151-24 overall record. He was named the Contra Costa Times' Coach of the Year in 1998.
Ko worked with the Golden Bear Volleyball Club in Berkeley, Calif., from 1999-2002, where his club teams finished 19th and 29th in consecutive years at the Junior National Championships. He also was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of San Francisco for the 2000 season.
Moving east, Ko spent the 2001 season as the assistant coach for the women's volleyball program at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, before returning to California to serve as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton for three seasons. The 2004 season at CS Fullerton had a record-setting 11 home wins and was the third-best season in the program's history. The Titans also were ranked number one academically among all CSF teams for three consecutive semesters.
Ko has also been involved with USA Volleyball as a court coach for numerous tryouts over the years and was an assistant coach for the 2005 High Performance A2 Camp and the Junior National A2 Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In addition to his coaching experience, Ko is also certified as a Health & Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine and has worked as a personal trainer in Oakland, Calif.