Jason Hou enters his fourth year with the Gamecock staff. A respected name in the world of international volleyball, Hou is a former Olympic assistant coach for the Chinese women's team and also played for the men's Chinese national team.
Hou comes to Carolina following a two-year stint at the College of Southern Idaho, a junior college where he helped lead the program to a national title in 2000-2001. Before he coached at Southern Idaho, Hou served as an assistant for the Chinese Women's National team. He helped lead the Chinese to a silver medal finish at the '96 Olympics, a second-place World Championship finish, a third-place World Cup finish and two Asian Games first-place finishes.
Hou's previous NCAA Division I coaching experience came when he served as an assistant at Saint Louis University during the 1996-97 season.
As an athlete, Hou competed as a setter on the Chinese National Team for six years. He also competed in the World Military Volleyball Championships six times, helping lead China to the World Championship four times. He was twice named the best setter of the tournament.
The LiaoNing Province, China native joined the World League in 1992 and competed until 1995. While in the World League, Hou helped guide China to wins over world powers Cuba and Holland in 1993. The following year, China finished in second place in the Asian Games and 13th at the World Championships in Athens, Greece. Hou, who also answers to the name Jing, and his wife Ling have a son named Bright (5) and a daughter Alice (1).