Vinh Nguyen Fills Void In Volleyball Coaching Staff

Vinh Nguyen will enter his first season as associate head coach in 2015.
July 24, 2015

DENTON - North Texas head coach Andrew Palileo has announced the hiring of Vinh Nguyen as associate head coach for the Mean Green volleyball team.

Nguyen assumes a coaching role after volunteering with North Texas for part of the 2014 season. He replaces Susan Halverson, who coached the Mean Green for the last two seasons before accepting an assistant coaching position at her alma mater of Ohio State.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Coach Palileo as I've had the opportunity to work with the team and I got a glimpse of what they are trying to accomplish here," Nguyen said. "His commitment to making North Texas nationally relevant is exciting to be a part of."

The coaching veteran will play an integral role in all aspects of Mean Green volleyball, but Nguyen specializes in the training of the middle and pin hitters, arm swing development and offensive/defensive blocking systems.

A San Gabriel, Calif., native, Nguyen brings an extensive resume of longevity and success to Denton. He joins the North Texas staff after a year of volunteering nationwide.

In the fall of 2014, Nguyen did a stint of assistant coaching at Golden West College in Huntington Beach before volunteering for the Mean Green during the second half of the 2014 season and into the conference tournament. He was with the team for wins over Rice, TCU, UTSA and Southern Miss.

"As we approach this season I have high expectations for this year's team and the addition of Coach Nguyen will assist us in reaching those goals," Palileo said. "He joined us late last season and made an immediate impact with our team."

Palileo continued, "Vinh's knowledge of the game has come from many years of game planning and practice versus some of the top teams in the country. I am excited to start working with him and I know he will do a great job of motivating, preparing and mentoring our team."

Before 2014, Nguyen spent time at Cal State Fullerton, where he reinvigorated the Titans' offensive attack. In his six seasons with the school, CSUF hitters earned a total of two Big West Player of the Year awards and three AVCA All-American honors.

Nguyen's expertise translated to team success as well. In 2010, the Titans won the Big West Conference and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Titans recorded a school-record .246 team hitting percentage on the year while leading the BWC in kills per set (14.45).

For 12 seasons before his time at Fullerton, Nguyen was an assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona where he helped head coach Rosie Wegrich lift the Broncos to six seasons with at least 18 wins, including a program-best 24-3 mark in 2005. That same year, Pomona won the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship, its first since 1990.

Over his last nine years with Pomona, Nguyen was the Broncos summer camp director and also taught as a kinesiology professor on campus.

In the summer of 2009, Nguyen was named the administrator to the Southern California High Performance teams that participated at the USA Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He oversaw the four SCVA HP teams in Ft. Lauderdale and as a result, the SCVA Select Red team earned a gold medal at the HP Championships.

In 2007, Nguyen was hired by the USA Men's National Team as a staff member to help them prepare for their run at World League, Pan-Am Cup, Americas Cup and Norceca Cup championships, which resulted in two gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

Nguyen has also been involved with the USA High Performance Pipeline since 2003, and he has coached several development A2 camps throughout Michigan, Colorado, Montana and California. Additionally, he was the host of the USA High Performance Holiday Camp in 2007 and 2008, which featured some of the best youth athletes in the USA Pipeline.

In 2005, Nguyen was named head coach of the Southern California Youth National Team that took sixth place at the USA High Performance Championships in Austin, Texas. A year later, his Top Gun 18 Red club team won a gold medal at the USA Junior Olympic Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

Prior to his work at Cal Poly Pomona, Nguyen also coached at five Southern California high schools (Hoover, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Alhambra and La Habra) and worked with the San Gabriel, Magnum and Power Volleyball Clubs.

In 1996, Nguyen co-founded the Top Gun Volleyball Club, one of Southern California's most respected youth volleyball programs that has trained more than 1500 athletes since its inception. Even after nearly two decades, he continues to coach youth teams throughout the club season.

Nguyen played volleyball at Mt. San Antonio College and Long Beach City College before transferring into the Big West Conference with Long Beach State. He finished his schooling and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2000 with a degree in kinesiology.



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