Cody Hein is in his sixth year as Chico State's head volleyball coach and has taken the program to the NCAA Championship Tournament the last two seasons. Last season the Wildcats boasted a top-25 ranking for much of the season, but lost to Western Washington in the opening round of the NCAA Championship Tournament West Regional.
The 2006 season was a breakout year for the Wildcats, as they earned their first berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament since 1992. The team won its first regional match, but lost the semifinal to end the season with a 21-6 record, the most victories for Chico State since 1993. Hein now holds a career record of 69-66 with the Wildcats and a 115-110 mark after eight years as a Division II head coach.
On August 24, 2007, Hein earned his 100th career victory as the Wildcats defeated Western Oregon.
Hein, a California native, came to Chico State from Florida Tech University, where he ran a very successful program for three seasons. His 2001 team broke the school record for wins in a season, and all three of his teams were ranked in the South Region's top 10. During his three years, his teams compiled a record of 46-44.
While Hein was at Florida Tech, his teams were regarded as some of the toughest to hit against in the nation. Known for tenacious defense, his 2000 team was the nation's leader in digs with 21.74 per game.
"I have two very specific goals for my teams," said Hein. "One is to graduate every senior, and the other is to compete incredibly hard and maintain my reputation as having teams that are tough to put down."
Before his time at Florida Tech, Hein was the head assistant at Barry University from 1997-2000. The team reached the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament all three years he was there, including the National Championship match in 1997. Prior to moving to Miami, he was an assistant coach for the UC Berkeley men's volleyball program from 1995-97.
Hein played collegiate volleyball at UC Berkeley. There, he was part of three Collegiate Club National Championship teams between 1991-1994. He earned his bachelor's degree in history at Cal and went on to complete his master's in sports management at Barry University.
Hein and his wife Dana, a speech pathologist, have two sons - Austin and Jackson.
Bio courtesy of Chico State Athletics' Web site
Played in College: University of California-Berkeley Men's Club Team (1991-1994)
Coaching Position #1: Assistant Coach--UC Berkeley Men's Team (1995-1997)
Coaching Position #2: Assistant Women's Coach--Barry University (1997-2000)
Coaching Position #3: Head Women's Coach--Florida Tech (2000-2003)
Coaching Position #4: Head Women's Coach--Chico State (2003-current)
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