April 9, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Jozsef Forman has been named an assistant volleyball coach at Auburn University, announced head coach Wade Benson Friday.
"Jozsef is a great addition to the Auburn volleyball program and I'm very excited to have someone with his level of experience on our staff," Benson said. "He has great experience in Europe and in the SEC and has solid recruiting skills in the south. Auburn volleyball is ready to jump on the national map and Jozsef is going to help this program do that."
A native of Hungary, Forman will assume the role as Benson's top assistant, replacing former associate head coach Chris Campbell, who left for a head coaching job at Boston College.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs and Benson for giving me this great opportunity to join an established athletic department with national success and recognition," Forman said. "Wade has a tremendous amount of respect and experience at the highest levels of collegiate volleyball and I am excited to work with him.
"It is truly an honor for my family and I to join the Auburn family and I look forward to helping move the volleyball program forward."
Forman joins the Auburn staff after serving a three-year stint as the head coach at the University of New Orleans. He has also served as an assistant coach at Mississippi State and Baylor and was a club and national team coach in Hungary.
With the Privateers, Forman guided the team to two 20-win seasons (2008, 2009) and to three-straight Sun Belt Conference tournament appearances. In his final season with the Privateers, he led the team to a 20-13 overall mark and a 12-6 conference record. The team finished the regular season as co-SBC West Division champions and reached the semifinals of the conference tournament.
During the 2008 season, Forman directed UNO to a runner-up finish in the conference tournament and to a 22-10 overall record and a 13-6 SBC mark. The season equaled the team's best finish in since 2000 while the 13 conference wins and season-ending RPI ranking of No. 60 were a UNO volleyball record.
Prior to his time at UNO, Forman spent time as an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 2004-06. While in Starkville, he helped the team to a school-record eight SEC wins in 2006. In 2007, the Bulldogs also recorded the best overall team grade-point average in school history, finishing with a 3.48 mark.
Forman spent the 2003 season at Baylor as the top assistant under Brian Hosfield. The Bears recorded a win over sixth-ranked Kansas State, which was the biggest win in the program's history at that time.
Forman began his career with the Vasas Sports Club and guided the team to a 1990 Hungarian Cup title and a fifth-place finish in the European Professional Cup Winner League. Overall, Forman directed his team to top eight finishes in the European Professional Championship League in 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1999.
Forman also spent three years as head coach of the Hungarian junior national team before taking the head coach position of the Hungarian women's national team for four years. In 1997, his team had wins over Canada, Germany and the United States en route to a first-place finish at the 1997 Canada Cup.
In 1999, Forman established the NRK-Nyiregyhaza Club and his teams went on the claim the Hungarian Championship for three-straight years (2000-02) and the Middle European Champion League title (2000).
As a player, Forman was a part of the Hungarian Junior championship team from 1979-83 and was the collegiate national champion of Hungary from 1984-89 at Semmelweise University.
He is a 1989 graduate of the Hungarian University of Physical Education, where he also earned a master's degree in physical education and sports science. He also holds a FIVB International Coaching Certificate.
He is married to the former Agnes Hargitai of Budapest, Hungary and the have two sons - Peter and Adam.