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Greg Goral
Greg Goral

Hometown:
Greendale, Wis.

Position:
Assistant Coach

Birthdate:
08/11/1974

Alma Mater:
Carroll College (1996)

Greg Goral, who carries 11 seasons combined collegiate coaching and playing experience, enters his second season as a part of the Auburn volleyball staff.

Goral returns after joining the staff for the 2006 season, helping guide the team to its highest win total since the 2000 season.

Goral previously served as an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University where he helped the Eagles to a 23-9 record in 2005. Prior to his stint at Eastern Washington, he served in various capacities for six seasons at Gonzaga, the University of Rhode Island and Springfield College (Ma.).

At Gonzaga, he was instrumental in recruiting several top players to the program. At Rhode Island, he helped lead the team to fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

At Springfield, Goral helped coach the women to a second-place finish in 2000 and a regular season New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference title in 2001. As an assistant for the men in 2001, the program won both the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Division III title and the Molten Division III National Championship. As the head women's junior varsity coach, he led the program to its first-ever undefeated season in 2000 and an 8-2 mark in 2001.

Goral spent the summer of 2001 as an intern for USA Volleyball. He helped run the junior Olympic championships, the World League and helped with the promotion and marketing of USA Volleyball. He also earned his USAV CAP level II accreditation while in Colorado.

The Greendale, Wisc. native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (finance) from Carroll College in 1996 and received a master of physical education (sports management) from Springfield College in 2002.

Goral was the starting setter and captain for the men's volleyball club team at Carroll College. He was also an all-conference swimmer, and a member of the Pioneer tennis and football programs. Goral studied a semester abroad at the University of Nottingham (England) in the spring of 1995.