April 2, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University volleyball’s volunteer statistician, Peter Forman, was one of eight statisticians from across the United States to be selected as part of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Tryout Staff. Forman is one of the best inputters for the program known as DataVolley, which documents everything happening on the court and helps coaches make evaluations on players.
“I am thankful and honored for being selected to be a part of the Women’s National Team Tryout by Tom Pingel and Karch Kiraly,” said Forman. “It was great to work with so many outstanding coaches and statisticians. Seeing some of these athletes play right in front of me was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The task given to me, along with seven other statisticians, was to scout the tryout using DataVolley. The stating process was very different from what is required at the college level. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of using DataVolley and made me a better statistician. This tryout not only had me stunned by the talented players, but also made me better at what I do for Coastal Carolina University.”
During a match, Forman inputs every time a player touches a ball. There is a code for every type of touch, and once the info is put into the program the coaches can use it to see who is doing well on their team and who is struggling on the opponent’s team. The coaches also use the information to call blocking schemes as well as offensive plays.
"I am always very proud when any member of my program can represent Coastal Carolina University and our volleyball team on the world class level,” said head coach Jozsef Forman. “Eszter Nagy was the first who represented us as a starting middle blocker last year for the Hungarian Senior National Team, and she will do that again this year in the European Championship in May."
Forman joined David Dantes (University of California), Jared Goldberg (Ole Miss), Jared Hazel (Colorado State), Nicki Holmes (UCF), Nate Ngo (Nebraska), Jesse Tupac (Loyola Marymount) and Jay Van Vark (San Diego State).
"Our recruiting class in 2014 is very talented, and with our training program I believe next year we will have some players from Coastal join the tryout for the U.S. National Team," said coach Forman.
Forman, at age 19, was the youngest statistician selected to the tryout staff. He helped coaches evaluate more than 240 participants from more than 100 different college programs. Forman is a freshman at Coastal Carolina University and is majoring in computer science.