position Assistant Coach
Alma Mater Texas State, 2010
Brian Wright joined the Ohio State women’s volleyball staff as an assistant coach on Feb. 4, 2020.
Wright helped the Buckeyes to a 27-6 overall record and a 15-5 Big Ten record in the fall of 2021, earning five ranked wins during the season. Ohio State hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 by earning a No. 9 seed and went onto the program’s 18th regional appearance. The Buckeyes spent a program record 14-consecutive weeks in the AVCA’s top-10.
Ohio State had three receive AVCA All-American recognition, including one on the second team, one on the third team and an honorable mention. The Buckeyes had five receive AVCA All-Region recognition, including the Regional Freshman of the Year for the second-consecutive year, as well as five honored with Big Ten postseason honors. For their work in the classroom, 15 student-athletes were named Ohio State Scholar Athletes and 13 were named Academic All-Big Ten.
Wright came to Columbus after spending five seasons at TCU. He started with the Horned Frogs in 2015 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. In 2015, TCU finished the season ranked at No. 7 in total blocks while also leading the Big 12.
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. 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 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.