Assistant Coach, Texas A&M
Former NAIA volleyball coach of the year Trevor Johnson enters his first season as assistant volleyball coach at Texas A&M.
Johnson has experienced much success as a both a coach and player and has the distinction of being the only person in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) history to win a volleyball national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
“We had a great pool of qualified candidates, but Trevor definitely stood out,” head coach Laurie Corbelli said. “He is passionate and very committed to the sport of volleyball, and I like the fact that he’s been involved in national championships. He has been named a National Coach of the Year. He has coached both men and women, and he started his own program. There is such a great variety of things that he’s done from the coaching and the administration of a program that are really impressive.”
Johnson, 33, will primarily be responsible for recruiting and coaching the setters, and he also will be involved in the day-to-day decision making and planning. He comes to Texas A&M from Baylor University, where he served one season as the top assistant coach for his former college coach and mentor, Ryan McGuyre, who recently completed his first year as the head coach of the Bears.
“We are really excited to have Trevor come in and bring fresh, new ideas and ways of teaching; just a new personality in the gym that brings confidence and a championship-winning mentality,” Corbelli added. “We look forward to getting into the gym as soon as possible and have him help us try to win another SEC championship and go further in the NCAAs.”
The Aggies are coming off a historic season in which they won their first conference championship, and sophomore setter Stephanie Aiple was named the SEC Player of the Year. A&M went on to finish 24-7 overall with an all-time high No. 9 in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and a No. 18 ranking in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
“This is exciting for me and my family,” Johnson said. “When I met the team, it was just a great group of girls who seem like they want to work hard and work even harder to get the SEC Championship again. I am excited, my family is excited and we are looking forward to becoming Aggies.”
Prior to reuniting with McGuyre at Baylor, Johnson amassed an impressive 86-14 record as the head coach of the men’s and women’s programs at Concordia University in Irvine, California.
Johnson began his stint at Concordia Irvine as an assistant coach for the women’s team in 2011. He made an immediate impact and was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year and also was the recipient of the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award after the Eagles finished national runner-up with a 37-2 record.
In 2012 the Concordia women were crowned the NAIA national champions after going a perfect 38-0. It wouldn’t be the only national championship for Johnson.
Following his national championship run as assistant coach of the women’s team, Johnson was promoted and appointed the task of establishing Concordia’s men’s volleyball program and also serve as the team’s head coach. In the first year of his head coaching career, Johnson led the Eagles to the national championship title in their inaugural season. Concordia finished its maiden season 25-7, and Johnson was named AVCA NAIA Men’s Coach of the Year, NAIA All-Tournament Coach and Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Johnson was named the director of volleyball at Concordia, serving as the head women’s coach while also overseeing the men’s volleyball and sand volleyball programs. The women reached the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship and finished 27-3. In 2014, the Eagles, ranked in the top three the entire season, reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA tournament and finished the year 34-4.
In two seasons as the head coach, Johnson’s women’s teams went a combined 61-7 (.897) and won two Golden State Athletic Conference titles. In addition, his players garnered seven NAIA All-America citations, and he had one player named 2014 AVCA NAIA Freshman of the Year.
Prior to joining the staff at Concordia, Johnson served two stints as the assistant men’s and women’s volleyball coach at his alma mater, California Baptist University (2007-09, 2010-11), where his teams compiled an overall record of 127-39 in five seasons. Johnson helped guide the Lancers' men's volleyball team to the 2011 NAIA National Invitational title and a runner-up finish in 2009, as well as victories against ranked NCAA Division I foes UC Irvine (No. 2), Stanford (No. 3) and UC Santa Barbara (No. 6). The women finished runner-up at the 2007 NAIA National Championship and reached the semifinals in 2008.
While at California Baptist, Johnson assisted in the development of three NAIA All-Americans and one GSAC Player of the Year honoree, while also helping to produce two AVCA NAIA Player of the Year recipients on the men's side. He also coached the player who currently holds the school’s career assist record, previously held by Johnson.
Johnson began his coaching career in 2006 as graduate strength and conditioning coach at Cal State Fullerton. He left the Titans in 2009 and served as assistant men's volleyball coach at Long Beach City College. In 2010, Johnson returned to Cal State Fullerton for a season, working as the director of women's volleyball operations while also completing a master’s of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in strength and conditioning.
Johnson experienced a stellar high school playing career in which he was a two-time league MVP and named the 2000 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Player of the Year after leading Gahr High School to the state championship title.
Johnson went on to become a four-year starting setter at California Baptist, where he led the Lancers to back-to-back NAIA national titles in 2004 and 2005. He was the NAIA national championship assists leader in 2003 and 2004 and finished his career as CBU’s all-time assists leader with 3,820, a record that stood until 2011.
Following the completion of a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology from CBU in 2005, Johnson trained with the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team for two years.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Cerritos, California, Johnson and his wife, the former Jane Kim, have a 7-year-old son, Riley, and a 2-year-old daughter, Chloe.
Head Coach, TWU
Huebner comes to TWU from Middle Tennessee State where he was most recently the Interim Head Women’s Volleyball Coach after being hired as an assistant coach in January 2016. Before his time in Murfreesboro, Huebner started the women’s volleyball program in 2011 at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia. He ended his five-year tenure with a 121-54 record, including a 65-10 record the last two years. Over those past two seasons Huebner guided the Mariners to the Southern States Athletic Conference regular and postseason championships and led his team to the NAIA National Tournament in 2014 and 2015.
In 2014, Huebner was named an AVCA Top 30 Coaches Under 30 recipient, the AVCA Region Coach of the Year and the Southern States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. At Coastal Georgia, Huebner coached four All-Americans, 27 All-Conference team members, and 22 consecutive weeks in the National Coaches Top 25 Poll.
Before coming to Coastal Georgia, Huebner was a successful high school and club volleyball coach in his home state of Illinois. While at Illini Elite Volleyball Club, he coached his teams to six medal finishes at USAV Junior Olympics and AAU National Championships. As a coach at Tri-Valley High School, his teams finished in the top 10 four times in five years.
A graduate of Illinois State, Huebner played college club volleyball and earned Best Setter in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association two times and All-American honors twice.
On making the transition to Denton, Huebner stated, "My family is thrilled to be welcomed to TWU. We are very thankful to Chalese Connors and all the members of the search committee who showed us how engaged and inspiring Pioneer Athletics is as a whole. Texas Woman's University has a long-standing tradition of developing and empowering women of character to be real difference makers in our world. At the end of the day, I knew that the institution's commitment to excellence was a perfect fit for our desire to help student-athletes realize the best version of themselves. We look forward to engaging the community, the classroom and the court at the highest level."
The Buffalo Grove, Illinois, native married his wife, Erin, in 2010 and they have a three-year-old son, Asher, and three-month-old daughter, Rory.
Head Coach, Baylor University
Ryan McGuyre became Baylor’s ninth head volleyball coach in school history. McGuyre brough a wealth of coaching experience, including two seasons as Florida State’s associate head coach.
After two seasons at Florida State and more than a decade of coaching on the west coast, McGuyre carries pipelines from both the west and east coasts to central Texas. “Baylor University and our volleyball program will be blessed by the appointment of Ryan McGuyre,” Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said. “Ryan is a truly exceptional coach, recruiter, leader and mission fit. We look forward to him building a championship program at Baylor.”
In 2015, McGuyre saw immediate improvements in his first season at the helm of the program, finishing 17-13 overall to give Baylor its first winning season in three years.
An initial focus on protecting the home court at the Ferrell Center paid off, with the Bears notching 10 wins at home, the most in the previous nine years.
Narrowly missing a postseason birth, the Bears peaked at a program-record No. 30 ranking in the NCAA RPI, finishing the season as one of the first four left out of the bracket.
Senior outside hitter Andie Malloy capped off a successful career at Baylor, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors for the second straight season. A
hopeful sign of things to come in the McGuyre era, freshman Shelly Fanning iced a remarkable first season for the Bears, earning All-Big 12 Second Team and a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
McGuyre has coached at the collegiate level for both men and women since 1999 including head-coaching stints at California Baptist (CBU) and Biola University, both of which are faith-based institutions.
“I’m excited to be at a place that shares the same values and passions that Baylor has,” said McGuyre. “The timing is perfect and the resources, people and experience at Baylor is first-class. Most importantly, to be where I can impact student-athletes’ lives through sport in the Christian atmosphere is an environment where I feel I can flourish the most.”
McGuyre and the Florida State Seminoles finished a 2014 NCAA Tournament run reaching the Sweet 16 before a loss to national runner-up BYU, Dec. 13. The Seminoles finished 30-3 in 2014, and in his first season at Florida State in 2013, the Seminoles posted a 26-8 record and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Prior to his arrival at Florida State, McGuyre was an assistant at Maryland for one season following a 10-year head coaching stint at CBU from 2002-2011. There, he was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs, and he crafted a men’s program that won six NAIA national championships (2004, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’11) and three women’s national titles (2004, ’05, ’11).
Among many accolades at CBU, McGuyre was named the 2005 NAIA Men’s National Coach of the Year and in 2011 the NCCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. In 2010, he made history by being named both the AVCA Men’s and Women’s NAIA National Coach of the Year in the same calendar year. During his coaching, McGuyre’s teams have knocked off several elite NCAA Division I programs including; USC, UCLA, Stanford, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State, UC Irvine and Hawaii. On two occasions, McGuyre’s team defeated the No. 1 ranked NCAA Division I program.
He also served as a volunteer assistant for the 2006 USA men’s volleyball team where he helped run practice drills as well as charting, video analysis and game planning for opposing countries. While at CBU, he served as the awards committee chairman, a regional rater, and was the Vice President of the NAIA Coaches Association from 2009-10.
Before his successful stop at CBU, McGuyre spent three years as head coach at Biola University from 1999-2001 in Los Angeles where he tallied 60 wins in three seasons for the women’s program. Prior to his head coaching debut at Biola, he was a graduate assistant at North Carolina State (1998-99).
All in all, between men’s and women’s programs, McGuyre has had tremendous success as a head coach, leading 18 NAIA All-Americans, three AVCA National Player of the Year recipients, and seven different National Tournament MVP award winners. McGuyre has seen many of his athletes go on to play professionally. In two seasons at Florida State he saw five Seminoles earn AVCA All-American honors.
McGuyre is married to former University of Hawaii volleyball standout and USA National Team member Jennifer “Roberts” McGuyre. Jennifer served as McGuyre’s assistant coach at both CBU and Biola. The couple has three children: sons, Tryston and Ryder, and a daughter, Kitana.
A 1998 graduate of Biola University, McGuyre earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in social science with an emphasis in secondary education and a minor in Biblical studies. As an athlete, McGuyre lead Biola University to three NIRSA Collegiate Club National Championship appearances having won it in 1998. He was a two-time national tournament MVP award recipient.
Associate Head Coach, University of North Texas
Vinh Nguyen is in his third season as associate head coach on the North Texas staff in 2017.
The coaching veteran plays an integral role in all aspects of Mean Green volleyball, specializing in the training of the middle and pin hitters, arm swing development and offensive/defensive blocking systems.
A Mission Viejo, Calif., native, Nguyen brings an extensive resume of longevity and success to Denton. He joins the coaching 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.
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.