TCU moves to 2-0 in Big 12 play with the five-set win over Iowa State.
Assistant Coach Brian Wright will serve on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team coaching staff.
Assistant coach Brian Wright spent time as a USAV High Performance head coach this summer.
Assistant Coach Brian Wright named the head coach of the USAV Girls’ Select A1 National Training Team.
Former Texas volunteer assistant coach Brian Wright has been named an assistant coach for the indoor volleyball team.
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Coach Wright can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in his office at (817) 257-5487.
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer made her first hire to the indoor volleyball staff with the addition of Brian Wright as assistant coach on January 13, 2014. Wright spent two seasons as assistant coach on staff before being promoted to associate head coach in February 2017.
In charge of team defensive systems, scouting reports and middle blockers, Wright was instrumental in helping turn around a team that had not made the NCAA tournament since 2009 to the brink of an upset of No. 7 Hawaii in the first round of the championship in 2015.
A key to the resurgence by TCU in 2015 was all due to the improvement of the team's blocking game which was mentored by Wright. The Frogs out-blocked their opponents 25 times in 2015 and were only out-blocked in four matches. TCU recorded 17 matches with double-digit blocks and finished the season ranked inside the top 10 nationally at No. 7, while also leading the Big 12 from the very first match of the season. TCU also boasted the best two blockers in the Big 12 with juniors Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower becoming stout defenders at the net. McGuire led the league from the very first match and was ranked in the top-10 nationally all season long and finished with a No. 7 ranking of 1.54 blocks per set. Gower was not far behind and improved her blocking game all season and climbed to No. 2 in the conference and No. 40 nationally with 1.27 blocks per set.
Wright came to TCU after spending seven years (2008-14) as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas where he played a pivotal role in the Longhorn program that won the 2012 NCAA Championship, advanced to six NCAA Final Fours, won six Big 12 titles and finished in the top-5 of the final rankings for seven straight seasons.
Wright was a coach at the club level for over 16 years, serving as camp director as well as club director and assistant director for several years. Most recently, he worked for eight seasons with Austin Performance Volleyball after spending eight seasons with AIM Volleyball, one season as assistant coach at Southwestern University and parts of five seasons with The University of Texas women's club team.
His club teams qualified 12 times to the Junior Olympics, winning three national qualifiers. He also worked three summers for the Lone Star Region High Performance program, including serving as head coach for the 2011 Lone Star HP Select team. Wright's 2014 AP 15 PHD team won silver medals at the AAU National Championships and three players were named to the AAU All-American team.
Wright has been an head coach and assistant coach in the USA Volleyball Select A1/A2 program and has worked as both assistant and associate head coach for various USA camps and tryouts for the last seven years. Wright had coaching stints with USAV with the Select A1 program at the 2012, 2014 and 2015 USA HP Championships and won a gold medal with the USA Youth Continental team at the 2013 USA HP Championships.
In his most recent stint with USA Volleyball, Wright was an assistant coach of the U.S. Women's Junior National Team that competed at the NORCECA Women's U20 Continental Championship in the summer of 2016. The team only dropped one set on their way to the championship where they took the silver medal against Dominican Republic.
While at Southwestern in 2007, he helped the Pirates reach the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. During his tenure with the UT club team, he led the squad to three national titles, including the 2007 NIRSA Division 1 national championship.
The UT club team finished 51-0 during the 2006-07 season and went undefeated at 9-0 during the 2007 NIRSA Nationals.
As a player, Wright played four years for The University of Texas men's team. He was named the conference's Most Valuable Player in 2000, when he led Texas to the league championship.
Wright also was the director of the Texas men's volleyball program for two years and competed on the AA level at USAV Open Nationals, where he finished in the Top 10 twice.
Wright earned his bachelor's degree from Texas State in 2010.
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