Kevin Wong

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Kevin Wong
Born
Kevin Kahn Wong

(1972-09-12) September 12, 1972 (age 47)
ResidenceHawai'i
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUCLA
Occupationretired beach volleyball player

volleyball coach

television analyst
EmployerNBC Sports
Known forbeach volleyball
Home townHonolulu, Hawai'i
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)

Kevin Kahn Wong (born September 12, 1972 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a retired professional beach volleyball player. He currently lives in Hawaii and runs a volleyball training program for youth.

Personal life[edit]

Wong graduated from the Punahou School. He then attended UCLA and received his degree in economics in 1995. Kevin was named to People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" issue in 2000. He was honored by the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in "Celebrating Chinese Americans in Sports", May, 2009.[1] He served as a beach volleyball analyst for NBC Sports at the Summer Olympics of 2012 and 2016 and continues to work on all of NBC's coverage. He is the founder and director of Spike and Serve, a Hawaii based non-profit program that aims to positively shape lives through the sport of volleyball.[2] Kevin is also involved with the Chinese American variation of volleyball called 9-man. He is featured in the documentary about the sport called 9-Man.[3] Kevin is active in the community where he grew up, a Hawaii board member of the Positive Coaching Alliance [4] In 2014, Wong was honored by USA Volleyball as the junior service award winner for outstanding male coach after leading his U15 team to a undefeated gold medal finish at the Girls Junior National Championships.[5] His brother, Scott Wong, is a former women's volleyball assistant coach at the University of Hawai'i and the current women's indoor volleyball head coach at Pepperdine University.[6] Scott also played on the AVP tour.

Career[edit]

At UCLA, the 6'7" Wong was a three-time All-American. He helped the team win NCAA championships in 1993 and 1995. After college, he switched to professional beach volleyball. In 2000, he paired with Rob Heidger to finish 5th at the Sydney Olympics. Along with partner Casey Jennings, they successfully ended the 2010 season by capturing gold at the Swatch FIVB World Tour after beating the Brazilian duo of Benjamin Insfran and Bruno Schmidt at The Hague, Netherlands.[7]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ CHSSC News and Notes April 2009 Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ http://spikeandserve.com/about
  3. ^ Fang, Jennifer (28 April 2014). "Review: "9-Man" documentary is a complex, thought-provoking challenge to Asian American stereotypes". Reappropriate. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/star-advertiser-article-on-pca-hawaii-board-member-and-olympic-commentator-kevin-wong/
  5. ^ http://spikeandserve.blogspot.com/2014/04/kevin-wong-chosen-as-2014s-outstanding.html
  6. ^ "Scott Wong Bio - Pepperdine University Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  7. ^ http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=490763.html Archived 2010-09-01 at the Wayback Machine

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