PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 31, 2014) – Rutgers volleyball head coach C.J. Werneke has announced the addition of Phuong Luong as an assistant coach to the program. Luong will join the Scarlet Knights as they transition to the Big Ten Conference for their inaugural season in one of the nation’s premier volleyball leagues.
With over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Luong comes “To the Banks” after most recently serving as an assistant and recruiting coordinator for three seasons at DePaul University.
“I am very excited with the addition of Phuong to our coaching staff,” said Werneke. “I have known Phuong for some time and he had done a tremendous job as the recruiting coordinator at his previous coaching positions. He will also help improve our offense as he has worked with the setters and middles in the past. His overall experience and knowledge in both recruiting and in the gym will be a definite asset to the program as we make the transition into the Big Ten Conference this fall.”
Luong helped lead the Blue Demons to a historic season in 2013, as the squad finished with its most wins since the 2001 slate. DePaul opened the season with a 13-0 mark to establish a new program record for most consecutive victories to begin a campaign. Additionally, several Blue Demons earned individual BIG EAST conference honors, while the team as a whole posted its best marks in recent years in various statistical categories.
Prior to arriving in Chicago, Luong had stints at Gardner-Webb University (2006-2011), East Tennessee State University (2003-2006), the University of Wyoming (2000-2002), Northeastern University (1998-2000), Wentworth Institute of Technology (1998-2000) and the University of New Hampshire (1996-1998).
At Division III Wentworth, Luong served as the head coach of the men’s volleyball team, leading the squad to the 1999 North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Conference Championship. Additionally, he guided Wentworth to a No. 11 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll during the 2000 campaign, marking the Leopard’s highest rank in program history.
Luong has also held several roles as a coach at the high school and club level, in addition to serving as a head court coach and camp technician at various institutions’ summer camps.
A 1995 graduate of Ferris State University in Michigan, Luong was a four-year member of his alma mater’s men’s club volleyball team.
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