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Hilo alum Sunahara to assist Kiraly on U.S. women’s Olympic volleyball team

Former UCLA All-American and University of Cincinnati head coach Reed Sunahara is living a dream while working with the U.S. women’s national volleyball team.

Sunahara, who graduated from Hilo High School in 1981 and went on to play on three national championship teams at UCLA, was hired earlier this year by U.S. women’s head coach Karch Kiraly. In 1982, Sunahara and Kiraly were teammates for a season on one of the Bruins’ championship teams.

Sunahara will serve as an assistant coach under Kiraly for the 2013-16 Olympic quadrennial, leading to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The former Big Island high school standout also said he’s looking forward to Team USA playing in the Pan Am Cup next month in Peru. The Americans will then host Japan in a pair of high-profile matches in July in San Diego.

“It’s a wonderful experience working with Karch and his staff, and with the outstanding American women’s team,” Sunahara said. “It’s fun and a lot of hard work. The goal is to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, and we will do everything in our power to accomplish that goal.”

Sunahara and Kiraly played together at UCLA during the 1982 title season, when Sunahara was a freshman and Kiraly a senior. Sunahara played on two