Brian Hosfeld, the winningest coach in the history of Baylor volleyball, begins his seventh season at the helm of the Baylor program. Since his June 1996 hiring, Hosfeld has changed the face of Baylor volleyball, bringing it from a perennial lower-division program to one that competes yearly for postseason play.
After guiding Baylor to an 18-12 record in 2001, Hosfeld has brought the program to heights of which Bear fans could only dream before his arrival. Half of the program's winning seasons, the program's only two NCAA Tournament appearances, the program's first national ranking and numerous individual accolades and recognitions have come under Hosfeld's watch.
Last season, Hosfeld became just the second Baylor volleyball coach to ever reach 100 victories. Two wins later, he established a school record for career wins. At 108-90, Hosfeld's winning percentage of .548 is easily the highest in school history, nearly 100 percentage points higher than any other Baylor coach with at least two seasons as head coach.
The Bears have posted 49 wins in conference play under Hosfeld's supervision, also the most in school history. In fact, Baylor has averaged more than eight conference wins per season since joining the rigorous Big 12 Conference in Hosfeld's first season. Prior to the Hosfeld era, the Bears totaled just 16 conference wins in 14 seasons of Southwest Conference membership.
Last year, Hosfeld led Baylor to a winning season for the fourth time in his six-year tenure at 18-12, marking just the second time in school history that the volleyball Bears had three consecutive winning seasons.
Baylor enjoyed several highlights during the 2001 campaign, capped by a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Stevie Nicholas earned first-team all-Big 12 and first-team AVCA all-Central Region honors. Dana Chuha was an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection. Five Bears earned Academic all-Big 12 honors, including first-team CoSIDA Academic all-District VI selection Sunny Nicholas. Not to be overlooked, Baylor defeated Texas in a thrilling five-game match at the Ferrell Center, and the Bears became the first team in more than two years to win a game in a regular season match at Nebraska.
Hosfeld's Bears burst onto the national scene in 1999 as Baylor enjoyed its finest season ever, which culminated in the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears churned out a school-record tying 26 victories against only nine defeats for the best single-season winning percentage in school history. Baylor also notched 13 Big 12 victories, six more conferences wins than any BU team in the 22-year history of the program. The 1999 squad produced two first-team, all-conference selections, two first-team AVCA all-region honorees, and numerous school and conference records.
Truly, Hosfeld has the Baylor program headed in the right direction.
A 1991 graduate of Long Beach State, Hosfeld came to Baylor at the beginning of the 1996 campaign as the program embarked on its first year in the rugged Big 12. In that first season, he guided the Bears to an 18-16 mark for Baylor's first winning season in three years. The Bears also produced seven conference wins that year, posting a .350 winning percentage in the Big 12 (at the time, second-best in school history). Two years later, Hosfeld led the Green and Gold to a seventh-place finish in the Big 12, again winning seven matches in conference play.
However, 1999 was certainly the breakout year for the Hosfeld-led program. The Bears finished fifth in the Big 12 and were the only team to sweep nationally ranked Kansas State. Baylor finished the season ranked 20th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and 19th in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20. Five weeks earlier, Baylor cracked the AVCA poll at No. 23, the first national ranking in the program's history. The Bears earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and ousted Temple in the first round in one of the most thrilling four-game matches in school history. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the season came Nov. 3, when the Bears ended a 22-year drought against rival and national power Texas. The Longhorns had won all 42 meetings with Baylor, but the Bears knocked off 12th-ranked UT in five games.
In six seasons with Hosfeld as head coach, 15 Baylor players have earned a total of 32 academic all-Big 12 honors, the second-highest total in the conference. Last season, Sunny Nicholas and Carol Selman earned first-team honors, while Dana Chuha, Stevie Nicholas and Kimmy Scott were second-team selections. In 1999, Elisha Polk and Kia Young were both named first-team CoSIDA all-district honorees, and Young was named third-team CoSIDA Academic all-America.
Hosfeld has long been considered one of the nation's finest young coaches. He was an assistant coach at Long Beach State prior to joining the Baylor staff. Hosfeld was a member of the 49ers coaching staff in 1993 when LBSU captured the NCAA National Title. In the three years Hosfeld worked with the Long Beach State program, the 49ers racked up an 81-18 overall record, captured two Big West Conference titles, made NCAA Tournament appearances all three seasons and advanced at least to the Regional Finals twice.
Hosfeld was hand picked by USA National Team head coach Mick Haley to lead the nation's team at the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, Italy. This team of collegiate-level women served as the development squad for Team USA and brought home the silver medal from the World University Games. Earlier, Hosfeld served as the director for the USA, World University and National Team tryouts at the Olympic Training Center.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Hosfeld has been involved in volleyball for over 15 years. He founded the highly respected Magnum Volleyball Club in 1986 and served as the club's head coach until 1995. The Magnum Volleyball Club still stands as one of the most successful junior development programs in the United States.
B.A., Long Beach State, 1991
Team USA, 1997 World University Games
? Head Coach
? Led USA to Silver Medal
Baylor University, 1996-Present
? Head Coach
? NCAA Tournament -- 1999, 2001
? Most wins in school history
? Most conference wins in school history
? Best winning percentage in school history
? Best conference winning percentage in school history
? 108-89 (.548) overall
? 49-71 (.408) Big 12
Long Beach State University, 1993-1995
? Assistant Coach
? NCAA National Champions -- 1993
? NCAA Final Four -- 1993, 1994
? NCAA Regionals -- 1993, 1994
? NCAA Tournament -- 1993, 1994, 1995
? Big West Champions -- 1993, 1994
? 81-18 (.818) overall
? 45-9 (.833) Big West
Magnum Club, 1986-1995
? Head Coach
Long Beach City College
? 1985 State Champions
? 1987 State Runners-Up
? 1999 recruiting class ranked fourth nationally
? Guided Baylor to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 1999
? Matched school record with 26 wins and shattered school mark with 13 conference victories in 1999
? Defeated Texas in 1999, ending UT?s 22-year, 42-match winning streak against Baylor
? Posted Baylor?s first win on a ranked opponent?s home court in school history, defeating then-No. 12 Kansas State in 1999
? Has coached three first-team AVCA all-region players and one region freshman of the year
? Has coached five first-team all-Big 12 players and one conference freshman of the year
? Has coached three first-team Academic all-District players and two Academic all-Americans
? 14 Baylor players have received first-team Academic all-Big 12 honors 32 times, second in the conference