Aug. 16, 2012
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team has completed its first week of preseason training and is just over a week away from its first official contest at the Big Orange Bash in Clemson, S.C. The Chanticleers have a new leader in the form of head coach Jozsef Forman who came to Coastal after a two-year stint as the associate head coach at Auburn University and the team has a new home in a state-of-the-art facility, The HTC Center. Forman has been pleased with the Chants' early progress and is confident as the season gets underway.
Coastal opens up the season against Atlantic Coast Conference member Clemson University on Friday, Aug. 24. CCU will also take on Xavier University and South Carolina State University at the Big Orange Bash. The competition does not get any easier the following weekend at the University of Pittsburgh Invitational as the Chants battle Pitt, Butler University and Howard University.
"We have really high level competition to open up the season," said Forman. "I think the opening two tournaments will be a good test to see where our team stands. I wanted to schedule these two tournaments to show the squad where we want to be in the future."
The Chants added four newcomers to the squad this season including a trio of 6-3 student-athletes. Coach Forman believes the trio will add to Coastal's blocking advantage this season as well as add some firepower to the attack. The fourth member of the recruiting class is a transfer from Jacksonville University who coach Forman thinks can step in and play a defensive specialist role or even spend some time as the libero.
With 12 returnees on the roster including eight upperclassmen, the Chants have a strong leadership group to rely on throughout the season but coach Forman hopes that all 16 members of the squad have that ability to lead and help the team out in tough situations.
"Everyday I see different players step up into the leadership role at practice," said Forman.
The HTC Center was recently completed and will serve as the new home of volleyball, and men's and women's basketball. It boasts a 3,212 seating capacity, which is more than triple that of Kimbel Arena, the previous home of the Chants.
The Chants will play three road tournaments before competing in their home opener at The HTC Center on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. against Winthrop University in Big South Conference volleyball action.