Aug 28, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina Head Volleyball Coach Jozsef Forman has named Larry Salefsky the program’s assistant coach. Salefsky was most recently head coach at Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, N.C., the director at Wilmington Elite Beach Volleyball Club and the director of the Brunswick Juniors Volleyball Club.
“I’m really excited to have Larry on my coaching staff,” said Forman. “His personality and hard work will be a great asset in our gym. He has passion for the game from his professional career and his enthusiasm as a coach will be contagious.”
Salefsky was the head coach at EAHS from 2011-2013. In his first season, the Eagles finished with a 14-6 record and made the second round of the 4A state playoffs. Three of his athletes were named first team all-conference. In his second season, the Eagles finished 18-6, won the Mid-Eastern Conference for the first time in school history and made the third round of the state playoffs. Four of his athletes were named first team all-conference.
“I am excited for the move to Division 1 volleyball and the opportunity to work with the coaching staff at Coastal,” said Salefsky. “The program is on the way up and I am hoping to be able to step in and help continue that trend on the way to a Big South Conference championship.”
Salefsky was the director at BJVC from 2012-2013 and became the director of the WEBVC in 2013.
Salefsky also competes as a professional in beach volleyball. He finished the 2012 summer as the No. 1 ranked beach volleyball professional in North Carolina according to Volley America.
He is originally from Jacksonville, N.C. and attended UNC Wilmington, where he played baseball for the Seahawks from 2005-2008. During his time at UNCW, his Seahawks baseball team won a conference tournament championship and two regular season conference championships, while also making two NCAA tournament appearances in 2006 and 2008.
Salefsky learned to play the game of volleyball on the beach in Emerald Isle, N.C. before moving to Wilmington, N.C. in 2005. While playing baseball at UNCW he was also training to play as a professional beach volleyball player. He earned his first professional win in 2006 at the age of 20. From there he traveled all over the country playing professional beach doubles tournaments. Professional tournament stops include: California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
He began to focus on competitive volleyball in 2008 after graduating from UNCW. In his first full year as a USAV member, his team Cat-A-Tac won the Carolina Region adult championships to finish the 2008-2009 season. He also began coaching the U18 Cape Fear Volleyball Club team as an assistant to Peter Cruz that same winter. In the summer of 2009 he was recruited to play as the N.C. representative in the USAV Indoor Nationals held in Minneapolis, Minn. Following Nationals, he took a job as the assistant coach at Cape Fear Community College and helped lead the SeaDevils to a 17-4 record and a regular season conference championship.
In the summer of 2010, he moved to Manhattan Beach, Calif., to learn the game of beach volleyball from the best in the world. He spent a summer training on the California Coast and then returned to Wilmington to finish his teaching internship in the fall of 2010 at Ashley High School. In the winter of 2011, he was named the head coach at Eugene Ashley High School. He finished the 2011 and 2012 summers as the top ranked beach player in North Carolina according to Volley America.