HEAD COACH GREG GORAL
The longest-tenured head coach in program history, Greg Goral enters his sixth season at the helm of Campbell Volleyball in the fall of 2018.
Under Goral’s leadership, the Camels have seen steady improvement on the court year-after-year, culminating with a 20-win season and a National Invitational Volleyball Championship postseason berth in 2017.
Goral has increased win totals in Big South Conference play each season at Campbell, posting back-to-back 10-6 league records in 2016 and 2017. Campbell’s 2015 run to the Big South Championship match was its first appearance in the conference tournament title game since 1989.
Additionally, Goral has coached eight athletes to 11 Big South All-Conference honors over the past five seasons. Off the court, the Camels have earned three AVCA Team Academic Awards, while 19 volleyball athletes have been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
Goral was named the 12th head coach of the Campbell volleyball program on December 10, 2012. He came to Buies Creek after spending 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 Campbell’s Director of Athletics Bob 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 during his tenure.”
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 from 2010-12.
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 winning 24-straight 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.