Paula Weishoff, an unforgettable name in the minds of long time USA volleyball fans throughout the 80’s and 90’s was a world class middle blocker and middle hitter and one of the youngest American players to earn the first Olympic silver medal awarded to the women's team at the Los Angeles Olympiade in 1984.
Paula Weishoff stands out among all the female volleyball players of her era.
With her strong ball control skills, aggressiveness on the court and incredible blocking technique, the Volleyball Hall of Famer played a major role in the USA Volleyball's Bronze medal win in the 1992 Olympics.
Weishoff played for the University of Southern California for a year in 1980 where she helped the team reach and lift the National Championship title, finishing the season with a record of 48-4.
She left the team in 1981 to focus on professional volleyball.
Paula Weishoff participated in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California where the USA volleyball team received the Silver medal. Weishoff was named Team USA Most Valuable Player.
She also played in the 1992 Olympics where the US team earned a Bronze medal. Paula was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
She played in her last Olympic tournament as a member of the 7th placed USA Team in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Watch as Paula (#1 jersey in dark blue) and Team USA take on Peru in the semifinals of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
Between international competitions with the US National team, Weishoff played in Italy for several different Italian A-1 first division teams for nine seasons.
She also played professionally for several years in Brazil for Leiche Moca before departing for Japan to play for Daiei.
Watch the "power of Paula" playing professionally in the Japan pro league.
Assistant coach US Olympic team for London Olympics...listen in as Paula is interviewed after a Team USA scrimmage at her alma mater, USC.
“Effort and attitude are my two biggest things.”
“From there you can make progress. The rest is up to me and so we’re going to work on this and that technique. That’s the piece of the puzzle I like. My style of coaching is I don’t put people into a system, I create systems based on the talent I have.”
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