HEAD COACH GREG GORAL
Greg Goral is in his fifth season as the Campbell Volleyball head coach entering the 2017-18 season.
Under his leadership, the Camels have improved over the last four seasons in conference action going 4-10 in '13-'14, 5-9 in '14-'15 and then 6-8 with a championship appearance in '15-'16. In '16-'17, the Camels finished with a 10-6 mark in Big South play and a semifinal appearance in the conference tournament. Campbell's run to the Big South Championship match was the teams' first championship match appearance since 1989.
In 2016, Goral led the Camels to the best record since CU rejoined the Big South, finishing 16-16 overall and 10-6 in the league. Campbell finished the year with a semifinal appearance in the 2016 conference tournament.
Campbell improved on its 2015 marks, finishing third in the conference in hitting % (.206 in conference, .44 improvement), kills per set (825 total in conference/13.31 per set, 122/1.19 improvement), and assists (777 total in conference/12.53 per set, 120/1.20 improvement). Defensively, Campbell led the league in opponent hitting percentage (.162 in conference play), improving on 2015's mark by 32 points.
In the 2015 season, Goral led his team to the Big South Championship match and was the runner-up falling to Coastal Carolina 3-0. The Camels finished 14-17 (6-8 BSC) in Goral's third season as head coach.
Greg Goral was named the 12th head coach of the Campbell volleyball program on December 10, 2012. He comes to Buies Creek after spending the past five seasons on the staff at Morehead State, where he helped turn the Eagles into an Ohio Valley Conference power.
“Greg has coached, recruited and been a part of four championship teams at Morehead State,” said Roller. “I am confident that he will bring this winning attitude to our team. He has coached at four NCAA Division I programs in preparation for this opportunity, and we are excited to see our volleyball team show rapid improvement in 2013."
Goral has experience in turning around programs during his stops at Auburn (2006-07), Eastern Washington (2005), Gonzaga (2004) and Rhode Island (2002-03).
With the Eagles, Goral helped push the program to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. Morehead State posted a 121-42 overall and 77-12 OVC mark during his five seasons, including a 42-2 league mark in past three seasons.
Prior to the 2012 season, Goral was promoted to associate head coach after four seasons as an assistant. The Eagles swept the OVC slate, going 16-0, and wining 24-striaght matches before falling in the OVC Championship match to Belmont, who they beat twice during the regular season.
“Campbell provides me with a great opportunity as a head coach to help change this program’s identity,” said Goral. “There is great potential with the Camels and one of my goals is to make this one of the top programs in the Big South Conference on an annual basis.”
He helped train American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans Katelyn Barbour (2008), Holly Evans (2010) and Ellie Roberson (2012) along with Capital One Academic All-American Emma Keough (2011) at Morehead State. He consistently helped to bring in student-athletes that impacted the program as the Eagles signed several PrepVolleyball.com Top-60 Recruiting Classes. The Eagles were also successful in the classroom in earning five-straight AVCA and OVC Team Academic Awards.
“The path to becoming an elite program and changing its direction is achieved through creating a winning mindset and competing on a consistent basis,” said Goral. “We have to build a foundation, which starts with a technical training regimen and recruitment of quality student-athletes, that will further enable the program to reach new heights through hard work and determination.”
Prior to Morehead State, he aided Auburn in 2006 to the team’s highest win total since 2000 during his second season with the program.
Goral was instrumental in guiding Eastern Washington to a 23-9 record in 2005, after a season at Gonzaga. He helped Rhode Island to a pair of top echelon conference finishes in 2002 and 2003.
He began his collegiate coaching experience at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Goral helped coach the women’s team to a second place finish in 2000 and a regular season New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference title in 2001.
In addition, Goral has coached several junior programs, including the Spokane (Wash.) Splash, the Rhode Island Juniors Club and at the USAV NERVA Girls High-Performance Camp. He earned a USA Volleyball CAP level II accreditation during a summer internship at USAV, where he helped run the Junior Olympic Championships, the World League and assisted with promotion and marketing.
Goral earned a bachelor's degree in 1996 from Carroll College, where he was a setter and helped start the men’s club volleyball program. He was also an all-conference swimmer and participated in the school’s tennis and football programs. He completed his master's degree at Springfield College in 2002.
He married the former Stephanie J. Lewallen in 2011 and they have a daughter Josie.