COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Wright is joining the Ohio State women’s volleyball staff as an assistant coach.
“I am thrilled to have Brian join our staff,” head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg said. “During this process, his name was mentioned multiple times and from the first conversation, I knew he would be a great fit for our program. His experience, work ethic, technical skills and approach to teaching the game were huge draws. I’m excited to get him on campus to join our Buckeye family.”
Wright comes to Columbus after spending six seasons at TCU. He started with the Horned Frogs in 2014 as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach in 2017. He was in charge of team defensive systems, scouting reports and middle blockers.
“I am beyond excited to be a Buckeye and extremely grateful to Jen and Janine Oman for trusting me to be a part of this amazing next step with the Ohio State women’s volleyball program,” Wright said. “The new Covelli Center, the dedication to a student-athlete championship experience, the commitment to excellence by the entire athletics department and the wonderful city of Columbus are just a few of the reasons why I am thrilled to begin this journey. It only takes a short time of being on campus to realize there is truly a family feeling and collaborative effort throughout the entire athletics department. It is clear the team is competitive, driven and hungry to learn, excel and get the program back to national excellence.”
Wright spent seven years 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 and won six Big 12 titles. He was also 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.
Wright has been a head coach and assistant coach in the USA Volleyball Select A1/A2 program. He 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. He 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 its way to the championship where it took the silver medal against the Dominican Republic.
As a player, Wright spent four years with the University of Texas men’s team. He was named the SIVA’s Most Valuable Player in 2000 when he led Texas to the league championship. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas State in 2010.