Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman's right-hand man, Vinh Nguyen,
begins his sixth year with Cal State Fullerton as an assistant
coach and recruiting coordinator in 2013.
Coach Nguyen figures in all aspects of the Titan volleyball
program, but specializes in the training of the middle and pin
hitters, arm swing development and offensive/defensive blocking
systems. He is also responsible for the breakdown of scouting
In the Titans' record-breaking 2010 season that saw them win the
Big West Conference and advance to the NCAA postseason for the
first time in school history, Nguyen's expertise in hitting helped
the Titans to lead the Big West Conference in kills per set (14.45)
and finish second in hitting percentage (.246) and opponents
hitting percentage (.175).
The Titans' .246 team hitting percentage set a school record,
while OH/MB Kayla Neto posted the third-best single-season
percentage (.320) in school history. With that performance, Neto
finished sixth in the conference, while Jennifer Edmond finished
10th in the league with a .275 mark.
Big West Player of the Year and All-American Erin Saddler also
finished second in the conference with 483 kills and 4.38 kills per
set on the year. Saddler was the school's second conference player
of the year, and third All-American – all of them hitters and
all since Nguyen's arrival in 2008.
Since 2008, Brittany Moore (2008 BWC Player of the Year, AVCA
All-American), Neto (2009 BWC Freshman of the Year, two time AVCA
All-American) and Saddler (2010 BWC Player of the Year, AVCA
All-American) have headlined the Titans' offenses that have
propelled the program to the best winningest (89-65; .578) period
(2008-12) in the program's history.
Since his first season in 2008, the Titans have registered a
hitting percentage of .198 (7566-3272-21684). Over the last five
years, the Titans’ hitting percentage has ranked in the top
half of the league on two occasions (2008, 2010), while
Fullerton’s average of kills per set has ranked in the top
half of the league in four of the last five seasons (2008-11). In
fact, Fullerton led the Big West in kills per set in back-to-back
seasons in 2009 (13.82) and 2010 (14.45).
In addition, a Titan has either led the league or finished
second with kills per set since 2008. Moore led the Big West in
2008 with an average of 4.09, while Saddler finished second in the
rankings in both 2009 and 2010, while Neto rated second in 2011 and
Nguyen came to Fullerton with an extensive coaching resume that
dates back nearly a quarter century.
For 12 seasons before coming to 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 and a
program-best 24-3 mark in 2005. That same year, Pomona won its
first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)
championship since 1990.
Over his last nine years with Pomona, Nguyen was the Broncos
summer camp director and also taught as a kinesiology professor on
In the smmer of 2009, Nguyen was named the administrator to the
Southern California High Performance teams that participated at the
USA Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He over saw 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. He has coached several development A2 camps
since and was recently asked to be the head coach at the
development A2 camp in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was also 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 finished in 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 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.
Nguyen played 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.