After capturing the program’s fifth Horizon League Tournament title last season - and the third straight league championship - Chuck Voss returns for his 19th season at the helm of the Vikings during the 2018 campaign. Under Voss, Cleveland State has become a perennial powerhouse in the Horizon League, achieving success on and off the court year-after-year.
Throughout his tenure at Cleveland State, Voss has guided the Vikings to five Horizon League Regular Season titles and five Horizon League Tournament crowns. Voss has also led Cleveland State to eight 20-win seasons, and enters the 2018 campaign as the program’s all-time winningest coach with 337 career victories with the Vikings.
Voss, who is the reigning Horizon League Coach of the Year, picked up his sixth coach of the year honor after guiding the Vikings to a 22-8 record last season. The 2017 campaign was capped off by Cleveland State’s fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament and the honor of becoming just the second team in league history to win three straight tournament titles.
During his 18-year stint at Cleveland State, Voss has mentored 19 first team all-league selections, 17 all-newcomer team selections, 13 all-region honorees, and seven All-Americans. Voss has also led 10 Vikings to 13 major Horizon League accolades over the years, most recently mentoring Gina Kilner (2014-17) to Setter of the Year honors and Shannon Grega (2014-17) to Defensive Player of the Year accolades last season.
Under Voss’ guidance, the Vikings have excelled in the classroom as well, earning the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award five times, while also being honored at Cleveland State’s annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon, picking up the ‘Best of the Best Award’ following the 2007 and 2008 seasons for maintaining the highest GPA among the department’s then 16 teams.
Voss, who enters the 2018 season with a record of 337-203 at Cleveland State, became the first coach in program history to record 300 career wins during the 2016 campaign, and is the only active coach in the Horizon League to achieve the feat at their current school.
Voss’ continued dedication to the Cleveland State volleyball program has led the Vikings to become one of the top teams in the state of Ohio, and a Horizon League Championship contender year-in and year-out. Over the last 11 seasons the Vikings have made five NCAA Tournament appearances, and have garnered national recognition to earn neutral site matches during their 2007 and 2016 NCAA Tournament bids.
Voss & The Vikings In The NCAA Tournament:
2017 | Salt Lake City, Utah
No. 13 Utah 3, Cleveland State 0
2016 | East Lansing, Michigan
Arizona 3, Cleveland State 0
2015 | Los Angeles, California
No. 1 USC 3, Cleveland State 1
2012 | Lawrence, Kansas
No. 20 Kansas 3, Cleveland State 1
2007 | University Park, Pennsylvania
Albany 3, Cleveland State 0
Since Cleveland State’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, Voss has led the Vikings to a 229-106 record (.683) including a 122-48 (.717) mark in Horizon League matches. Throughout this 11-year stretch, Voss has turned Cleveland State into a prominent name among Division I volleyball teams.
The climb to be a championship contender year-after-year 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. Since then, Voss has been at the helm for 13 winning seasons with the Vikings – making Cleveland State one of just three current Horizon League teams to have at least 13 winning seasons during this span.
Voss recorded another program first during the 2004 season, leading the Vikings to the Horizon League Championship match for the first time in program history. Over the next 13 seasons, Voss has guided the Vikings back to the title match eight times and has been part of five championship teams during this stretch (2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017) - becoming one of just two active coaches with multiple league titles under their name.
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 didn’t necessarily show up in the win column during his three-year tenure, Missouri went 24-7 in 2000 (Voss’ 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 team’s 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 men’s varsity volleyball team.
He ranks seventh 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 ‘91 United States Olympic Festivals.
After graduation, Voss got his coaching career started by spending a year as a student assistant for the Buckeye women’s squad under head coach Jim Stone.
Voss and his wife Margo have two daughters, London (18) and Laken (14), and two sons, Sterling (23) and Denver (20). The family resides in Amherst, Ohio.