John Forman’s Volleyball Resume/CV

Below is my current volleyball coaching resume/CV. You can also find my volleyball experienced at my LinkedIn profile, and feel free to review my coaching philosophy. Feedback is welcome, as are any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out using the contact form.

John

Professional Experience


Head CoachSvedala Volleybollklubb, Sweden (2015 – 2016)

Led the club’s first team playing in the Swedish women’s Elitserie as well as in the Oresund Liga, a cross-border league featuring a combination of Swedish and Danish teams.

Achievements

  • Won the 2015 Time Vision Cup, hosted by Brøndby Volleyball Klub
  • Qualified the team for Gran Prix for only the second time in club history, and won Bronze.
  • All three foreign players signed were selected for year-end “all-star” team.
  • Team led the league in blocking and serving during my tenure

Visiting CoachTV Bühl and SC Potsdam (Summer 2014, 2015)

Spent 10 days each with a men’s and women’s German professional team during their preseason for the 2014-15 season, and then 3 weeks again with TV Bühl during preparation for the 2015-16. Assisted in running training sessions, and in the case of TV Bühl aided the coaching staff in developing practice plans and in player assessments.

College/University Experience


Assistant CoachMidwestern State University (2016-)

Joined the staff of an NCAA Division II school playing in the Lone Star Conference with the mandate of helping the head coach turn the program into a regular league contender and NCAA tournament participant.

Achievements

  • 1st year: Improved our record from 0-16 in conference to 6-14. Reached the conference tournament for the first time in three years, placed three players on the All-Conference team, had one selected Academic All-Conference, moved up five places in the NCAA South Central Region rankings, and moved up 66 places in the year-end Division II Pablo Rankings.
  • 2nd year: Bettered our conference record to 7-13 and our overall record to 15-16. The combined result for 2016/2017 was the best two year period since 2010/2011. Moved up another 4 places in the Region rankings, placed two players on the All-Conference team, and again had one selected Academic All-Conference.
  • Planned, fundraised, and coordinated the first ever MSU athletic team foreign trip in 2017 (to Buenos Aires, Argentina). An article about the trip appeared at VolleyballMag.com.
  • Arranged for members of the USA Sitting National Teams to come to campus to present a clinic in 2016.
  • Organized a fundraising speaking event featuring 5-time USA Volleyball Olympian Danielle Scott in 2017.

Head CoachExeter University, UK (2012-14)

Led both the men’s and women’s squads across multiple competitions, the primary of which is BUCS (rough U.K. equivalent of the NCAA/NAIA in the U.S.). Managed assistant coaches. Mentored developmental coaches. Advised the leadership on organizational issues. Achieved historic success despite having no scholarship players while competing against teams with them. Teams featured players from over 20 different nations.

Achievements

  • Women’s BUCS National Semifinalists (2013-14)
  • Men’s BUCS Final 8s (2012-13, 2013-14)
  • Men’s Student Cup Finals qualification (2012-13, 2013-14)
  • 3rd place overall in BUCS Volleyball points earned based on league, Championship, and Cup competition finishes of all teams (2013-14)
  • Both men and women promoted to new BUCS Premier League South for 2014-15 based on 2013-14 performance (top 6 teams in southern UK).
  • Combined 51-37 team record in student competitions, 82-55 overall
  • Women 3rd in South West regional club league, 14-4 record (2013-14)

Assistant CoachBrown University (2001-06)

Assisted the head coach (first season as 2nd Assistant, remainder as 1st Assistant) in all facets of managing the program, including in-season and off-season training, match management, opponent scouting, recruitment, travel and budget, alumnae relations, and athlete counseling.

  • 2001 Ivy League Co-Champions
  • Coached 12 All-Ivy honorees who earned 17 total awards (14 during my tenure).
  • Coached 7 Academic All-Ivy honorees who earned 10 awards (7 during my tenure)
  • Recruited 6 All-Ivy honorees who earned 10 total awards (3 were also Academic All-Ivy) – No player recruited until 5 years after my last class earned any honors.
  • Setter coach for the 2001 Ivy League Player of the Year, her successor who became the all-time school record holder, the starter after that who went on to twice earn All-Ivy recognition, and a fourth player who eventually played professionally.

Assistant CoachUniversity of Rhode Island (2000-01)

Assisted with in-season and off-season training, match management, opponent scouting, and recruitment (half year as volunteer, half year as 2nd Assistant). Helped recruit a 2-time All-Conference 1st team award winner.

Assistant CoachDean College, Franklin, MA (1998-2000)

Assisted the head coach in all facets of managing the program, including training, match management, statistics compilation and analysis, opponent scouting, recruitment, travel and budget, fund-raising, and athlete counseling

  • 1999 NJCAA Region XXI Champions (first ever championship)

Club, Juniors, and Other Coaching Experience


Coach – Devon Women’s Volleyball Club, UK (2013)

Took over a women’s team halfway through the 2012-13 season with the objective of avoiding relegation from Division 1 of the National Volleyball League. Guided the team to a 7-1 second half record to achieve a mid-table final standing. Our only loss was in 5 sets away to the league champions in our last match. Also coached the team in the regional championship tournament at the end of the season.

  • 2013 South West Regional Champions

Club DirectorRI Blast Junior Volleyball (2001-07)

Co-Founded and managed the largest Juniors club in the state of Rhode Island (now known as Blast Volleyball) – starting with girls’ teams with teams from 12s up to 18s, later adding boys. Created and ran a 2-day inter-regional tournament which attracted teams from all over the Northeast. Represented the club at regional meetings. Recruited and managed club coaches. Established and maintained supplier and facility vendor relationships. Promoted the club throughout the state. Coached the 16s and 18s teams at different points.

High Performance Coach – New England Region (2002)

Took part in the initial selection process of a U18s team comprising the top Juniors players from the New England region. Coached the team during training for and during competition at the USA Volleyball High Performance tournament, which featured teams from several other regions, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

Co-Founder and Coach – Rhode Island Juniors (2000-01)

Co-Founded a new club program for 12-and-under girls which comprised teams for the northern and southern parts of the state. Represented the club at regional meetings. Assisted in coaching the teams, which finished the season 1st and 2nd in the regional championships.

CoachMetrowest Juniors Volleyball Club (1998-2000)

Coached first the 16s and then 18s inter-regional teams. Assisted the director in club management.

Coach – Southeast Scholastic Boys (1998)

Selected, trained, and coached a regional team of high school aged boys (U17) for the Bay State Games.

  • Gold medal winners.

Other Volleyball Experience


DeveloperVolleyball Coaching Wizards

Working with an experience professional and national team coach, I am developing coaching education content based on interviews done with the world’s best volleyball coaches at all levels.

PublisherInside College Volleyball

Worked with another experienced NCAA volleyball coach to develop and publish a college volleyball recruiting book which is available for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google and other places.

Girls’ Juniors Scheduler – New England Region (2001-05)

Scheduled all girls’ Juniors teams in the New England region annually for four regular season dates plus season-end championships. Maintained the regional rankings.

Developer & Patent Holder – Precision Passer training aide

Developed a net-suspended volleyball target device through the prototype and patenting process. Arranged for production and marketed the device to schools and clubs across the United States, and in some cases abroad.

Honors/Certifications/Affiliations


Nominated for 2013-14 South West Volleyball Association Coach of the Year (England)

USA Volleyball Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP) Level II and Beach IMPACT- CAP III in progress.

Volleyball England Coaching Level 3 certification

American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) member and multiple-time mentor in the AVCA mentorship program (currently referred to as Match Point).

Education


University of Exeter, U.K. – PhD, Behavioral Finance (2016)

University of Maryland, College Park – Master of Business Administration (1997)

University of Rhode Island – BS in Business Administration (1993)

Non-Volleyball Experience


I spent over 10 years working in the financial markets, authored a published book, and have had a number of entrepreneurial and business ventures over the years. Details can be found in my business LinkedIn profile.