John Chang has joined the Youngstown State volleyball program as an assistant coach, YSU head coach Aline Scott announced on Monday.
Chang comes to Youngstown after spending eight seasons as the head coach at Felician University, a Division II institution in Rutherford, NJ
Chang was voted the 2019 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year after leading Felician to its first regular-season division championship and its first appearance in the league semifinals. The Golden Falcons established overall (16) and conference (13) school records for victories in 2019, capturing the CACC North crown after having never before finished higher than fourth.
He left Felician as the school’s all-time wins leader, and he posted winning conference records in two of his final three seasons. Felician had never won at least seven matches in a season prior to his arrival, and Chang’s teams reached that feat four times.
During his tenure, Felician saw seven players named all-CACC, more than the program’s first 15 years combined, and CACC Defensive Player of the Year Sierra Gallagher became the first Golden Falcon to ever be named All-Region, earning D2CCA First Team honors at libero.
In addition to his time at Felician, Chang has previous head coaching experience at the collegiate level at Polytechnic University. He guided the Blue Jays’ women’s and men’s squads from 2005-06 to 2007-08. Chang posted a 46-33 record with the women’s program, which won one match the year prior to his arrival. He was named the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year in 2007 after his team went 22-8.
Chang also had collegiate coaching experience as the head men’s coach at Sarah Lawrence College and an assistant women’s coach at Kean University. He also held several high school coaching positions for women’s and men’s programs.
Chang established the Conquest Elite Volleyball Club in Cranford in August 2013 and was its director for six years.
Chang began his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University-Newark in the mid-1990s before earning a bachelor’s degree in social science from Ashford University (now the University of Arizona Global Campus) in 2009. He is tri-lingual (English, Korean, Spanish) , and is certified by IMPACT USA Volleyball.
Youngstown State will begin practice for the upcoming season this Wednesday. The Penguins open the 2022 campaign on Friday, Aug. 26, at 1 pm against Idaho at the YSU / DoubleTree-Youngstown Volleyball Invitational at Beeghly Center.