Pepperdine to face Creighton, Wichita State and Bowling Green for the first time in program history this weekend.
Pepperdine hits the road for the first time in 2014 this weekend.
Sophomore Jillian Bergeson leads Waves with seven kills, 12 digs and three aces in season-opening victory.
Pepperdine opens season vs. South Alabama on Friday night, faces Nevada and Oral Roberts on Saturday.
Take an in depth look at the Waves as they near the start of the 2014 season.
Troy Tanner, a three-time Pepperdine All-American, NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist, enters his first season with the Waves. Tanner was named Pepperdine's fourth head women's volleyball coach in December of 2013.
Tanner's success as both a player and a coach spans from the club level all the way to the Olympic stage. He won two NCAA titles while at Pepperdine, first with the fabled "Malibu Roofing Company" in 1985 and again in 1986. As a coach, he was an assistant for the BYU men's team when the Cougars won NCAA championships in 1999 and 2001.
The 2011 Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame inductee has also enjoyed tremendous success at the Olympics. He won a gold medal as an indoor player at the 1988 Seoul Games on a USA team coached by Marv Dunphy. He then coached Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings to beach volleyball gold in 2008 in Beijing.
Tanner first came to Malibu from Los Altos (Calif.) High School and excelled for the Waves between 1983 and 1987 as an outside hitter and a setter. After a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in his freshman year of 1983, Tanner redshirted the 1984 season. He returned to the court the next season and helped the Waves to consecutive NCAA titles in 1985 and 1986, beating USC both years. During his four seasons, Pepperdine posted a record of 90-22 (.804) and won 20-plus matches each season.
Tanner was selected to the All-American second team as a freshman and made the first team as both a junior and a senior. He also made two appearances on the All-NCAA Tournament team and in 1986, he was the MVP of the NCAA West Regional. Over his final two seasons, Tanner averaged 4.07 kills, 1.72 digs and 1.14 blocks while notching a .342 hitting percentage.
His career with USA Volleyball began early, as he traveled to Japan in 1985 as part of the United States' World University Games team, and also played for the U.S. at the initial 1986 Goodwill Games held in Moscow.
Tanner continued his career with the U.S. National Team following his graduation from Pepperdine and was one of four Waves on the gold-medal winning squad at the 1988 Olympics. In 1989, he was voted "Best Passer" at the World Cup.
In addition to spending time playing indoor volleyball professionally in Italy, Japan and Croatia, Tanner spent most of the 1990s on the beach as part of the AVP Tour. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1992 and in time he would also earn the league's Most Improved Player, Best Defensive Player and Ron Van Hagen Award.
While earning a master's degree in mass communications at Brigham Young, Tanner got his start in coaching as an assistant with the Cougars' men's squad. He was on the staff for six seasons (1997-2002). In 2006, he was an assistant for the U.S. volleyball squad at the World Championships. He served as coach for the beach team of May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings in 2007 and 2008 and helped the duo to their second straight gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. During his time with the duo, the team's international record was 76-1.
In 2005, Tanner founded Tstreet Volleyball Club in Irvine, Calif., one of the top clubs in the nation. Since then, Tstreet has increased its membership and number of teams, while simultaneously improving overall Southern California Volleyball Association and national rankings. The club routinely turns out players who go on to play at the NCAA Division I level.
Tanner graduated from Pepperdine in 1992 with a degree in public relations. He and his wife Desiree have three children, Carson, Riley and Bailey.