Coastal Carolina Names Jozsef Forman Head Volleyball Coach

Jozsef Forman selected as sixth Coastal Carolina Head Volleyball Coach


Jozsef Forman

Jan. 18, 2012

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced today that Jozsef Forman (Joseph), former associate head coach at Auburn University, has been named the sixth head volleyball coach in Chanticleer history.

"We are extremely excited to have Jozsef join the Coastal Carolina athletics family and lead the Chanticleer volleyball team," Yurachek said. "Jozsef has a wealth of coaching experience at a variety of levels and has experienced success on a consistent basis. He laid out a clear plan on how he intends to do the same with the Coastal Carolina volleyball team."

"Our volleyball team will learn a great deal from Jozsef and I am confident that he will be a great leader and role model for our student-athletes."

During the 2010 season with Forman as associate head coach, the Tigers finished the season ranked 42nd in the RPI after putting together one of the best seasons in program history. Auburn recorded a program-best 21 wins, finishing the season with a 21-13 overall record and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Tigers also posted a season-best 11 Southeastern Conference wins. Forman was named Auburn's interim head coach in the spring of 2011 and remained on the staff under new head coach Rick Nold.

"I would like to thank Hunter Yurachek and Cari Rosiek for giving me this wonderful opportunity to bring the women's volleyball program to heights it has never been before," Forman said. I also would like to thank Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs, Meredith Jenkins, and SWA David Mines, my mentor Helen Grant, and the colleges and friends who have supported me in all my endeavors.

"It is the leadership and strong commitment from Dr. DeCenzo and Hunter that makes athletics and the volleyball program at Coastal Carolina a rising star in collegiate athletics. Combining academic excellence, athletic traditions, and campus location makes CCU a school full of potential and promise. When I saw the new student recreation and convocation center, it was clear that everything was in place for us to build and sustain a championship level program. My family and I can't wait to become a part of the Chanticleer family, be involved in the lives of the community and work with the student-athletes."

Prior to his time at Auburn, Forman was the head volleyball coach at the University of New Orleans for three seasons (2008-10), posting a 58-39 record. The Privateers 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 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.

In 2008, Rob Patrick, head coach of the USA/Bring it Promotions u20 Development Team selected Forman as the assistant coach. The team played in the European Global Games in Pula, Croatia and Italy.

Forman served as the first assistant volleyball coach from 2004-07 at Mississippi State University before being named head coach at the University of New Orleans. The Bulldogs set a school record for conference wins each of the three years, winning eight during the 2006 season, while accumulating a 17-13 overall record. In 2007, the Bulldogs tallied the best overall team GPA ever recorded for Mississippi State women's volleyball with a 3.48.

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 was 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 5th 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.

Forman was an assistant professor at the Hungarian University of Physical Education from 1991-1999.

As a player, Forman was a setter for the Hungarian Junior championship team from 1979-83 and was the collegiate national champion of Hungary from 1984-89 at Semmelweis University.

He 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.

What they are saying:

"Jozsef Forman has the talent, the experience, and the relationship skills to establish a successful and respected volleyball program at Coastal Carolina University. Jozsef built a very successful program at New Orleans and in his role as an associate head coach at Auburn was one of the primary reasons for the volleyball team's recent success. In addition, I believe he would make a significant contribution to the Coastal Carolina University and athletic department, because he also has a background in international sport, which has become increasingly important in the recruiting, training, and networking required in a successful intercollegiate community."

                    - Terry Pettit - Head Volleyball Coach of Nebraska (ret.), founder of the most highly respected 
                      programs in women's athletics, both in terms of athletic and academic success.

"I hired Jozsef Forman as head volleyball coach when I was athletic director at the University of New Orleans. In choosing Jozsef over other qualified candidates, I was attracted to his experience, his knowledge of the game and his ability to recruit quality student-athletes. Jozsef soon displayed the other qualities that make a successful head coach and mentor to young people. At all times, his first concern was the welfare of his student-athletes, from their academic progress to their personal lives. As an athletic director, you demand that your coaches develop their student-athletes academically, athletically and personally while working within the parameters of their resources. Jozsef achieved that and was a great representative of our program and university. I could not recommend him more highly."

                     - James Miller - Athletics Director (ret.) at University of New Orleans

"We saw first-hand the terrific work Jozsef did both at Mississippi State and Auburn as an assistant. There's no doubt he will make a huge impact as the head coach at Coastal Carolina. We know it's only a matter of time before they are competing for a conference title and playing in the NCAA tournament."

                     - Mary Wise - Head Volleyball Coach of Florida, the nation's winningest coach over the past 20 years.



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