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.