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Jon Newman-Gonchar
Position: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Hometown: Claremont, Calif.
Alma Mater: Northern Arizona
Graduating Year: 2005
Phone: (515) 294-3641
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Jon Newman-Gonchar
Release: 01/25/2013

Jon Newman-Gonchar is entering his fourth season at Iowa State as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after serving as assistant coach at Loyola Marymount from 2010-12.

Along with his duties with ISU’s recruiting coordinator, Newman-Gonchar helps supervise Iowa State’s setters. He was critical in helping Monique Harris transition into the full-time setter in 2015. When Harris was playing as an all-rotations setter, she averaged 11.34 assists per set.

His first two seasons in Ames saw Newman-Gonchar with the middle blockers. His work with Alexis Conaway in 2014 saw the freshman, who had to transition to middle blocker after being an outside hitter in high school, saw Conaway put up one of the top seasons by a freshman in ISU history. Conaway hit .321, the fourth-highest hitting percentage in program history and the best by a freshman along with an ISU freshman-record 113 total blocks.

In 2013, his work saw Tenisha Matlock finish her ISU career with her best season, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Tory Knuth was the Big 12’s leader in aces per set, which also gives credit to Newman-Gonchar’s background working with USA Volleyball on serving.

While at Loyola Marymount, Newman-Gonchar helped the Lions to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, the team’s first postseason appearance since 2005. Newman-Gonchar also was the Lions’ recruiting coordinator, and PrepVolleyball recognized his 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes as Highest Honorable Mentions.

Prior to Loyola Marymount, Newman-Gonchar spent three seasons as an assistant coach at UC San Diego. Over his three-year stint at UCSD, the Tritons managed a 70-18 (.795) overall record and made trips to the NCAA Tournament each season. In 2010, Newman-Gonchar was named to the AVCA Thirty Under 30 Awards list, which recognizes thirty of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport, at all levels of the game.

Newman-Gonchar helped the 2009 Triton squad to an overall record of 29-3 and a ranking as high as No. 2 in the nation en route to a spot in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. The Tritons' 2009 trip to the postseason marked the third consecutive visit in Newman-Gonchar's three-year stint at UC San Diego.

An assistant for both the UCSD men's and women's volleyball programs, Newman-Gonchar helped the women's volleyball team defeat the second-ranked team in the country and, in 2008, the Tritons handed then-No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino its first loss of the year. His work with the men's program helped the Tritons to a school-record 13 wins and a top-10 ranking in 2009, with the team challenging for its first-ever MPSF playoff spot.

Newman-Gonchar spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette, after working as the first assistant coach with the 2006 Thompson Rivers University (British Columbia) men’s volleyball program. Newman-Gonchar assisted in all aspects of the Thompson Rivers program, running drills, planning practice, training setters, assisting in recruitment efforts, and organizing community service projects.

At his alma mater, Northern Arizona, Newman-Gonchar spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach, where, among his volleyball coaching duties, Newman-Gonchar was the voice of the "Almost Live with John and Jon" radio show, a live audio/video webcast of the team during match play.

Also while at Northern Arizona, Newman-Gonchar coached the setters on the High Altitude Volleyball Club and was later promoted from assistant to head coach. In addition to his Club responsibilities, he also assisted with the Flagstaff High School girls' volleyball team.

Newman-Gonchar has worked on the National level as well, both with USA Volleyball and Gold Medal Squared. His involvement with USA Volleyball began in the summer of 2007 as a coach at the HP A1 Select Camp at the University of San Francisco. Since 2008, Newman-Gonchar has worked with the USA Junior National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., serving as a volunteer technical coach in 2008 and training coach in the summer of 2009. In addition, he has worked as a staff member for USA High Performance Tryouts since 2007.

Newman-Gonchar spent the summer of 2009 at the University of Minnesota as the training/technical assistant for the USA A2 Team and has worked numerous summer camps for Gold Medal Squared since the spring of 2007. His latest work with Team USA came in the summer of 2015, when he was an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team as they won gold at the Pan American Cup in Peru.

A native of Claremont, Calif., Newman-Gonchar played prep volleyball at Claremont High School before attending Northern Arizona, where he was a member of the men's club volleyball program.

Newman-Gonchar received his bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Northern Arizona in December 2005.

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