The Chants will face the winner of No. 4 UNC Asheville and No. 5 Winthrop at 4:30 pm on Friday.
Leah Hardeman is the third Big South player to win the Player of the Year award consecutively.
Sara Boothe, Iva Mandic, Alise Petersone and Natasa Savovic will join the Chanticleers in 2015.
2012 Coastal Carolina Volleyball - Inaugural Game at The HTC Center (Sept. 21, 2012)
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Big South Regular Season Titles: 1 (2015)
Big South Tournament Titles: 2 (2014, '15)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2 (2014, '15)
Big South Coach of the Year: 1 (2015)
Jozsef Forman, who was named head coach at Coastal Carolina on January 18, 2012, is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Chanticleer volleyball team.
Forman led the 2015 Chanticleers to the best winning percentage (.833) in team history as Coastal finished 25-5 overall, and further made history as the first CCU team to go unbeaten in Big South matches with a 14-0 conference record. The unblemished conference mark gave the Chants the Big South regular season title, and Coastal completed the championship sweep by winning its second consecutive Big South tournament title. Coastal reached the NCAA Volleyball Championship for the second straight year, and recorded its first-ever set win in postseason play in a 3-1 loss to #16 Creighton in the opening round of the tournament. Under Forman's guidance, outside hitter Leah Hardeman became the first Chanticleer to receive AVCA All-Region honors, and repeated as the Big South Player of the Year in only her sophomore season. Forman was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 2015.
The 2014 season proved to be a breakout year for Forman and the Chanticleers. Coastal won 25 matches (third-most in program history) en route to its first Big South Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. The Chants, who entered the Big South Tournament as the second seed, knocked off Gardner-Webb and High Point before rallying to defeat Radford in the fifth set in the championship match. Under Forman’s guidance, Leah Hardeman became just the second student-athlete in Big South history to be named the conference’s Player and Freshman of the Year, while three Coastal student-athletes were named All-Big South and Katie Martin was named the conference’s Tournament MVP. On Oct. 21, Forman led Coastal to its first-ever victory over in-state rival South Carolina in a three-game sweep of the Gamecocks at The HTC Center.
In 2013, Forman led the Chants to their second consecutive appearance in the Big South championship after finishing the regular season in second place with a 10-4 conference record while going 19-12 overall. Included in those 19 wins was a 3-1 decision over ACC member Georgia Tech at the Lady Vol Invitational. Under Forman's direction, Coastal had two first team all-conference selections for the first time since 2005 and four overall selections for the first time since 2003. Additionally, Lauren Alejo finished her Coastal career fourth all-time in the CCU record book with 2,919 assists, and Lindsay Gill finished third all-time in CCU history with 1,503 digs.
In his first season at the helm of the CCU volleyball program in 2012, Forman helped turn around a team that had finished 5-9 in Big South play and dropped out of the first round of the conference tournament in 2011. Forman’s inaugural season saw Coastal finish 14-14 overall, but its 10-4 conference record marked the program’s first 10-win season in Big South play since 2009. Forman had one player named first team All-Big South, two selected to the Big South All-Freshman team and one placed on the Big South All-Academic Team.
Prior to being named the head volleyball coach of Coastal Carolina, Forman served as the associate head coach at Auburn University. The Tigers finished the 2010 season ranked 42nd in the RPI after putting together a program-best 21 wins and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Tigers also posted a season-best 11 Southeastern Conference wins that season. Forman was named Auburn's interim head coach in the spring of 2011 and remained on the staff under new head coach Rick Nold.
Forman served as the head volleyball coach at the University of New Orleans for three seasons (2008-10), posting a 58-39 record. He recorded a season-best 13 Sun Belt Conference wins during the 2008 season, finishing 22-10 overall and 13-5 in league play. During the 2009 season, the University of New Orleans volleyball team earned its first ever Sun Belt West Division Championship after compiling a 12-6 conference record and a 20-13 overall record. The Privateers earned a GPA above 3.0 each of the three years that Forman was head coach.
While at the University of New Orleans, Forman had the opportunity to be the assistant coach of the 2008 USA/Bring It Promotions u20 Development Team that played in the European Global Games in Pula, Croatia, and Italy.
Before being named the head coach of the University of New Orleans, Forman served as the first assistant volleyball coach from 2004-07 at Mississippi State University. The Bulldogs set a school record for conference wins each of the three years, winning eight during the 2006 season and accumulating a 17-13 overall record. In 2007, the Bulldogs tallied a 3.48 overall team GPA, the best ever recorded for Mississippi State women's volleyball.
During the summer of 2005, Forman returned to his native Hungary to serve as associate head coach of the Hungarian men's national team that defeated Serbia-Montenegro, the runners-up in the 2005 World League Championships.
Forman began his collegiate coaching career in the United States when he served as the first assistant volleyball coach at Baylor University during the 2003 season.
In 1999, Forman established the NRK-Nyiregyhaza Club, that became middle Europe's top women's volleyball club. The club won the Hungarian Championship three straight years (2000, 2001 and 2002) and the Middle European Champions League (MEVZA) title in 2000. He led the team to an overall record of 176-13 for a winning percentage of .931. During his tenure as a club coach from 1990-00, he guided teams to elite eight finishes in the European professional CEV Champions League in 1990 and 1994, as well as CEV Cup League in 1991 and 1999.
Forman started his coaching career as the head coach of the Vasas Sports Club, which made it to the 1990 Hungarian Cup title and a fifth-place finish in the European CEV Champions League. The following year, while serving under the direction of famed Chinese champion coach Sun De Lee, the team captured the Hungarian Cup and posted another fifth-place finish in the European CEV Cup League.
In addition to his club experience, Forman has head coaching experience on the international level. He began coaching the Hungarian junior national team in 1993 before taking the head coaching position of the Hungarian women's national team for four years. The Hungarian junior national team finished 10th in the 1992 European Championship and went on to take fifth place in the World Championship held in Brazil in 1993. In 1997, while coaching the Hungarian women's national team, the Forman-led squad earned wins over Canada, Germany and the United Sates en route to a first-place finish at the 1997 Canada Cup.
As a player, Forman was a setter for the Hungarian junior championship team from 1979-83 and was a member of the Semmelweis University team that won the collegiate national championship of Hungary from 1984-89.
Forman is a 1989 graduate of the Hungarian University of Physical Education where he also earned a master's degree in physical education and sports science. Forman is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and serves on the All-Region and All-American selection committees. He is also FIVB and USA Volleyball Impact Certified.
Forman's Career Head Coaching Record
Overall (Seven Seasons): 141-77 (.646)
Coastal Carolina (Four Seasons): 83-38 (.685)
Big South Matches (Four Seasons): 45-11 (.803)
|Year||School||Overall||Big South||Regular Season||BSC Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|2015||Coastal Carolina||25-5||14-0||Champion||Champion||First Round|
|2014||Coastal Carolina||25-7||11-3||2nd||Champion||First Round|