Coaching 13 National
Chuck Voss will enter his 16th season at the helm of the Vikings during the 2015 campaign - continuing to build the Cleveland State volleyball program into one of the top teams in the Horizon League. Under Voss the Vikings have achieved success on and off the court, and continue to set high standards year-after-year.
Two years ago, during the 2013 campaign, Voss was able to achieve a personal accomplishment, notching his 250th career victory at Cleveland State with a 3-2 victory against Milwaukee on November 16. Voss enters the 2015 season ranked second in career wins at CSU, boasting a 15-year record of 265-182.
Voss is a three-time Horizon League Coach of the Year honoree, most recently earning the honor during the 2012 season after leading the Vikings to a Horizon League Regular Season and Tournament title. The 2012 season marked CSUís second trip to the NCAA Tournament, earning a First Round contest against No. 20 Kansas. Despite the 3-1 loss to the Jayhawks, the Vikings were still able to post a program first, as they notched their first-ever NCAA Tournament set win - a 25-17 decision in the first frame against KU.
During the 2012 season the Vikings posted an overall record of 23-7, marking their fifth 20-win season under Voss. Included in their overall record was a 13-1 mark in Horizon League contests, which tied the program record for most league wins in a season.
Over a five-year span from 2007 to 2011 Voss led the Vikings to a 103-51 record (.668), including Cleveland Stateís first trip to the NCAA Tournament during the 2007 season. The Vikings, who finished as the regular season runner-up, earned wins over Youngstown State, Wright State and Valparaiso during the Horizon League Tournament, dropping just two sets throughout the entire tournament en route to the programís first-ever Horizon League Tournament Title.
Along with the Horizon League crown, the Vikings earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament where they had the chance to play on a national stage for the first time in program history. Despite falling to Albany in the First Round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the Vikings made their mark as a Horizon League Championship contender and became a prominent name at the top of the league standings.
The climb to be a championship contender year-in and year-out was not an easy one though. When Voss arrived in Cleveland to take over the program in 2000, the Vikings had not enjoyed a winning season in 17 years and were coming off a season in which they won just eight matches and were just 3-9 in the league. But that did not deter Voss, who guided CSU to a respectable 19-36 mark during his first two seasons at the helm.
It was in 2002 that Voss really began to show what he could do on the sidelines, leading CSU to its first winning season (18-13) in 19 years.
Prior to the 2007 season, Vossí most successful run at CSU came in 2004 when he led the Vikings to the Horizon League Championship match for the first time in program history.
Although the Vikings fell to Loyola in five sets, Vossí blueprint of constructing a championship program was beginning to take form and people were starting to take note of Cleveland State volleyball.
In 2005, Voss coached the Vikings to a second place finish in the Horizon League by winning a then school-record 11 league matches and leading the Vikings back to the Horizon League semifinals.
CSU finished the season with 19 wins and Voss was honored as the Horizon League Coach of the Year by his conference peers, becoming the first CSU volleyball coach to earn that distinction.
A season later in 2006, Voss constructed another 19-win season and a runner-up finish in the regular season standings.
During his 15-year stint at Cleveland State, he has mentored 15 first team all-league selections, 14 all-newcomer team selections, nine all-region honorees, and seven All-Americans.
Under Vossí guidance, the Vikings have excelled in the classroom as well, earning the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award in five of the last nine seasons. In 2008, the squad maintained a 3.58 grade point average and won the ĎBest of the Best Awardí for the second straight year at the John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon for maintaining the highest GPA of the 16 teams in the Cleveland State Department of Athletics.
Voss came to Cleveland State after serving as an assistant coach at Missouri for three seasons. While in Columbia, he was responsible for recruiting, travel planning, preparing scouting reports, academics, camps and other various day-to-day coaching duties.
While his recruiting efforts didnít necessarily show up in the win column during his three-year tenure, Missouri went 24-7 in 2000 (Vossí first year in Cleveland), won 14 matches in the always-tough Big XII, was nationally ranked for part of the year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history - all with the players that Voss helped sign.
Prior to his stint at Missouri, Voss served as the head coach at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1995-96. While there, he improved the teamís record from 10-21 to 23-15, earning 1996 NAIA Midwest Classic Conference Coach of the Year honors.
A 1994 graduate of Ohio State with a degree in physical education, Voss was a two-year starter as a setter and a captain on the menís varsity volleyball team.
He ranks sixth all-time at OSU with 2,836 assists and fifth with a career average of 13.13 assists per game. He was one of only 48 participants invited to both the 1990 and Ď91 United States Olympic Festivals.
After graduation, Voss got his coaching career started by spending a year as a student assistant for the Buckeye womenís squad under head coach Jim Stone.
Voss and his wife Margo have two daughters, London (15) and Laken (11), and two sons, Sterling (20) and Denver (17). The family resides in Amherst, Ohio