The head coach job I mentioned last week hearing rumor about being filled has indeed now been. That was Hartford. Interestingly, they didn’t go for a female candidate as I’d heard suggested they wanted. That’s a tough job, though. As I understand it from my contacts in the region, the prior coach left because of the lack of resources. The new coach has good names on his resume from assistant coaching. I can’t help but wonder how he’s going to deal with things in this much less well supported program. I applied somewhat out of curiosity myself. Never heard anything from them, though.

In other rejection news, I heard at the HP Clinic that the East Tennessee State assistant job is/will be filled (by a former player). Haven’t seen anything posted officially. Also saw that the George Mason head job was finally filled. To this point I haven’t found all that much fault with the selections made, but in this case I have to ask the question why I wasn’t even contacted. The new coach has zero head coaching experience and her four years as a Division I assistant were spread across three different programs. I’m not suggesting she may not end up being a perfectly good coach for the program, but her qualifications beg the question why someone with more experience wasn’t at least contacted.

After seeing that news, I reached out to one of my former coaching bosses. She made the observation that my time away from US volleyball and the fact that I’m a male aren’t helping me, which I’ve known would be the case. She suggested I might need to go the assistant route – which I’ve obviously been doing – or going Division III, which I haven’t done yet.

I also had another head coach I worked under suggest people might be afraid of me because of the PhD thing. I’ve definitely wondered about that. He also expressed the idea that going after a head job would be difficult not coming from a major program in the US and that women seem to be favored. He also asked “Are you sure you want to do this?” 🙂

The head coach job at another lower level program in the Northeast has opened up that I’ve applied for. It’s in a difficult competitive situation in that basically there’s one dominant team in that conference, with everyone else playing for second. If I were to go for it I would do so from the perspective of a potential stepping stone and/or being in a position to help develop volleyball in the region.

I also put in for another Division I head coaching job in a better part of the country. It’s one I initially thought not to go after, but I’ve since figured “Why not?” I’ve applied for a handful of DI assistant jobs as well. I’m now up over 40 jobs applied for since things started.

I emailed the A.D. of a couple of the schools I applied to earlier just to follow-up and reiterate my interest in those jobs and will do the same with a few others, and some head coaches as well.

In other interesting news, word has it one of the schools I submitted for a head position at has sent out “thanks, but no thanks” notes a couple weeks ago. I didn’t get one, suggesting I passed at least the first cut. I haven’t heard anything beyond that, though, which implies I’m not near the top of the list.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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