Coastal introduces Forman as head coach of volleyball

Coastal Carolina University Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Jozsef Forman, former associate head coach at Auburn University, as the sixth head volleyball coach in Chanticleer history today.

“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 reached 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 before remaining 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 Yurachek 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 during that time. 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 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 USA/Bring it Promotions u20 Development Team in 2008 which 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 States en route to a first-place finish at the 1997 Canada Cup.

Forman also has a teaching background having been an assistant professor at the Hungarian University of Physical Education from 1991-1999.

Forman, as a player, 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 from the institution.

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