PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann announced today (Jan. 5) that Cleveland State University assistant coach Brian Coughlin has been named the Storm's head volleyball coach. Coughlin, who has over 15 years coaching experience, becomes the 17th head coach in program history.
(Watch an interview with Coach Coughlin below.)
"Brian has a proven track record of success as both an assistant coach at the college level and a head coach at the high school level, and we are very excited to have him lead our volleyball program," said Zimmermann. "He is a tireless worker and his background and experience, especially here in Northeast Ohio, give him the tools to successfully lead the Storm in the GLIAC and ultimately at the regional and national level."
Coughlin was an assistant with the Division I Vikings for the past three seasons, helping the team to 59 victories and a .634 winning percentage during that stretch, including a 48-15 mark the last two years. The Vikings advanced to a pair of Horizon League Championship matches and won the school's first outright league regular season title in 2009.
"I'm very excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and be a part of the Lake Erie family," Coughlin said. "From everything I have seen there is a tremendous amount of talent already here and in the area. I feel confident that we can be competitive in the conference and, given time, can compete at the top of the league. And if you do that, you can have a Top 25 program nationally."
He took on a big role in the program's recruiting efforts, helping Cleveland State sign several of the top players in Ohio over the last three years. Coughlin has also coached the Maverick Juniors Club team for five years.
In addition to his on-court coaching duties with the Vikings program, Coughlin also assisted with video and film, helped with the preparation of scouting reports and worked summer camps as an instructor.
Coughlin arrived at CSU after a highly successful career as a high school coach in which he posted a 105-27 overall record, including a 60-4 league record, at three schools. At Kenston High, he directed the team to four conference titles, a pair of district and one regional championship while sending 10 players into the collegiate volleyball ranks.
Prior to that, he was the head girl's varsity coach at North Ridgeville and Brunswick high schools and directed the boy's program at Brunswick as well. He was a four-time coach of the year honoree, including the 2000 Plain Dealer Coach of the Year.
A graduate of Brunswick High, Coughlin earned his Bachelor's of Art in philosophy from Akron in 2003.