Chuck Voss
Chuck Voss
Previous College: Ohio State, '94
Position: Head Coach
Last College: 13th Year

During his 12 seasons as the head volleyball coach at ClevelandState, Chuck Voss has meticulously put his stamp on the program andhas constructed it into a perennial championship contender byrecruiting gifted student-athletes who possess agility,athleticism, intelligence, size, strength and power.

It is these qualities that Voss and his staff look for whilerecruiting student-athletes for the program and why Voss has beenable to build the Vikings into one of the top programs in theHorizon League.

Voss has led the Vikings to the Horizon League semifinals ineach of the last eight seasons, one of just two schools in theleague to accomplish the feat. In addition, CSU has played in fiveleague title matches during that span, winning the 2007 tournamenttitle, the first in program history.

Although the accomplishments to date have been eye-popping, Vossstill has his sights set even higher. Namely, sustaining thesuccess of the program, recapturing the Horizon League title andreturning to the NCAA Tournament.

For the fourth time under Voss the Vikings reached the 20-winmark during 2011, finishing the season with a 22-8 record. CSU alsomade an appearance in the Horizon League Championship match for thefourth time out of the last five years, coming up short againsttop-seeded Milwaukee.

Two years ago, a youthful squad raced out to the best start inprogram history, winning 10 straight matches en route to a 22-7finish. The success enjoyed during 2010 came on the heels of thefirst Horizon League regular season title in program history in2009 when the Vikings narrowly missed out on a bid to the NCAAtournament by falling in the league title match.

The 2009 season was not a total loss, however, as the Vikingswon 26 matches, the sixth most in school history and the most winsby a CSU team in 26 years. In addition, the 13 league wins tied theschool record, while CSU also put together a 12-match win streak,the second longest streak in program history.

For good measure, Voss, who picked up his 200th career win whenhe led the Vikings to a 3-0 sweep over Youngstown State during theregular season finale, was honored as the Horizon League Coach ofthe Year for the second time in his career.

After getting the 2008 season off to a rough start, Voss helpedthe Vikings turn their season around, winning four of their finalsix matches heading into the league championship.

Hosting the tournament in Woodling Gym, the sixth-seeded Vikignsrode that momentum all the way to the league title match beforebowing out, becoming the second highest seed to ever reach thefinals.

The 2007 season proved to be on of the most memorable in programhistory as the Vikings won their first-ever Horizon LeagueChampionship and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, anotherprogram first.

After winning a school-record 13 league matches and finishing asthe regular season runner-up, Voss guided second-seeded CSU to winsover Youngstown State, Wright State and Valparaiso in the leaguechampionship in Milwaukee. The Vikings lost just two sets theentire tournament to claim the title.

Following a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso in the league titlematch, CSU enjoyed a week of celebration before learning that theywould travel to Penn State for an opening round NCAA Championshipmatch against Albany.

Despite losing to the Great Danes, Voss and the Vikings hadfinally broken through on the national stage and enjoyed arecord-setting season with several honors and accolades.

The Vikings finished the 2007 campaign with a 23-9 record,marking the ninth time that CSU reached the 20-win mark, but thefirst for Voss after a pair of 18-win seasons and two 19-wincampaigns.

The climb to be a championship contender year in and year outwas not an easy one.

When Voss arrived in Cleveland to take over the program in 2000,the Vikings had not enjoyed a winning season in 17 years and werecoming off a season in which they won just eight matches and werejust 3-9 in the league.

But that did not deter Voss who guided CSU to a respectable19-36 mark during his first two seasons at the helm. Once given achance to bring in his recruits and instill his system, the programbegan to become established.

It was in 2002 that Voss really began to show what he could doon the sidelines, leading CSU to its first winning season (18-13)in 19 years.

Prior to the 2007 season, Voss' most successful run at CSU camein 2004 when he led the Vikings to the Horizon League Championshipmatch for the first time in program history.

Although the Vikings fell to Loyola in five sets, Voss'blueprint of constructing a championship program was beginning totake form and people were starting to learn about Cleveland Statevolleyball.

In 2005, Voss coached the Vikings to a second place finish inthe Horizon League by winning a then school-record 11 leaguematches and leading the Vikings back to the Horizon Leaguesemifinals.

CSU finished the season with 19 wins and Voss was honored as theHorizon League Coach of the Year by his conference peers, becomingthe first CSU volleyball coach to earn that distinction.

A season later in 2006, Voss constructed another 19-win seasonand a runner-up finish in the regular season standings.

Voss ranks second in career wins at CSU, boasting a 12-yearrecord of 212-148. During his tenure at CSU Voss has mentored 11first team all-league selections, 11 all-newcomer team selections,seven all-region honorees and five All-Americans.

Under Voss' guidance, the Vikings have excelled in the classroomas well, earning the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award in five ofthe last six seasons. In 2008, the squad maintained a 3.58 gradepoint average and won the `Best of the Best Award' for the secondstraight year at the John Konstantinos Athletic Academic HonorsLuncheon for maintaining the highest GPA of the 17 teams in theCleveland State Department of Athletics.

Voss came to Cleveland State after serving as an assistant coachat Missouri for three seasons. While in Columbia, he wasresponsible for recruiting, travel planning, preparing scoutingreports, academics, camps and other various day-to-day coachingduties.

While his recruiting efforts didn't necessarily show up in thewin column during his three-year tenure, Missouri went 24-7 in 2000(Voss' first year in Cleveland), won 14 matches in the always-toughBig XII, was nationally ranked for part of the year and advanced tothe NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history - all withthe players that Voss helped sign.

Prior to his stint at Missouri, Voss served as the head coach atMount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1995-96. Whilethere, he improved the team's record from 10-21 to 23-15, earning1996 NAIA Midwest Classic Conference Coach of the Year honors.

A 1994 graduate of Ohio State with a degree in physicaleducation, Voss was a two-year starter as a setter and a captain onthe men's varsity volleyball team.

He ranks sixth all-time at OSU with 2,836 assists and fifth witha career average of 13.13 assists per game. He was one of only 48participants invited to both the 1990 and `91 United States OlympicFestivals.

After graduation, Voss got his coaching career started byspending a year as a student assistant for the Buckeye women'ssquad under head coach Jim Stone.

Voss and his wife Margo have two daughters, London (12) andLaken (8), and two sons, Sterling (17) and Denver (14). The familyresides in Amherst, Ohio.

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