Felix Hou, Ninth year at Maryland (Shanghai Physical Institute '86)
After four years as head coach at UMBC, Felix Hou returned to Maryland in 2003 as an assistant to the team that he helped lead to a perfect 25-0 record in 1997. Hou, who coached with the Terps from 1995-98, brings a wealth of knowledge on volleyball and 19 years of coaching experience at the university, club and national levels.
During his four years at Maryland in the 1990s, the team was 89-32, winning the ACC Championship once and making three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. With Hou's help, the Terrapins have captured three ACC titles and earned three NCAA Tournament berths.
While at UMBC, Hou was named the 2000 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Retrievers to a 19-13 record and a regular-season NEC Championship that year.
Prior to his arrival at Maryland in 1995, Hou spent two years as the assistant coach for the Yohan women's volleyball professional team in Hong Kong, as well as, the coach for Iceland's national team, and the men's and women's teams at Iceland University. Before moving to Iceland, he coached the Chinese national women's youth team, and the Beijing women's team. As a coach, Hou has delivered seven players to the Chinese National Team, and six to the Iceland National Team.
As a player, Hou played seven years for the Chinese National Team, missing the 1980 Olympic Games because of the country's boycott. The 1980 Chinese team recorded an undefeated record in world competition.
Hou earned a bachelor's degree in coaching management from Shanghai Physical Education Institute in 1986. He has two daughters, Lucy and Mary.