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Newman-Gonchar Joins Cyclone Volleyball Staff

Release: 01/23/2013
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AMES, Iowa – Jon Newman-Gonchar has joined the Iowa State volleyball coaching staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Cyclone head volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch announced Wednesday.

Newman-Gonchar most recently served as assistant coach at Loyola Marymount from 2010-12 seasons, including helping 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.

“I was so impressed with Jon’s recruiting style and his connections during the interview process,” Johnson-Lynch said. “He has a reputation for a being a relentless recruiter with a great eye for talent, which is exactly the kind of person I was hoping to hire. He is also an exceptional coach who has the experience and expertise to help our athletes become their very best.  We are very excited to be adding a coach of Jon’s caliber to our staff.”

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. 

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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