“To be true to one’s self is the ultimate test in life. To have the courage and sensitivity to follow your hidden dreams and stand tall against the odds that are bound to fall in your path. Life is too short and precious to be dealt with in any other fashion.” ~ Flo Hyman
After coaching at Georgia Southern University as the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, Chuck Rey chose an alternative, yet invaluable coaching career path by volunteering with the University of Minnesota, one of the top volleyball programs in the country with ten straight NCAA berths (the sixth overall seed in 2008). His responsibility included working with the setters, offensive game-planning, and defense, of which considerable improvement was shown in these areas. The University of Minnesota Volleyball Team is 2nd in the Big Ten in Hitting Percentage per match and 1st in the Big Ten in Team Digs. Coach Chuck Rey, who has been working with libero, Christine Tan, is a big reason for the team’s defensive success. Tan was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year with a record tying seven Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Chuck continues to work with and learn from legendary Head Volleyball Coach, Dr. Mike Hebert along with Associate Volleyball Head Coach, Scott Swanson and Assistant Volleyball Coach, Laura Bush. Coach Hebert has 32 years of head coaching experience on the international and collegiate level, is fourth on the NCAA Division I list among active coaches with 855 wins, and was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December 2007.
The opportunity for Coach Chuck Rey at the University of Minnesota volleyball program has been priceless.
Prior to Coach Rey’s opportunity at the University of Minnesota, he was the Assistant Coach at Georgia Southern University and the Head Coach of Georgia Southern University’s Men’s Club Team. He is well known for his hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and his successful background gives him the ability to create a comfortable, yet professional working environment within a university as well as recruiting. His overall objective is to help a program move towards a common goal of excellence with both the University and the Student-Athletes’ best interests in mind.
Coach Rey fell in love with volleyball as a teenager near Chicago, IL and has returned to his first love after a storied international business career. His business career of ten years has taken him all over the world in search of the next best product to sell via direct marketing. He has interacted with many Fortune 100 companies and has sold millions of products sourced primarily from Asia by direct mail, catalog, infomercial and the Internet.
Throughout his years in business, Coach Rey found solace in coaching volleyball. He would spend his nights and weekends coaching at the junior high school and high school levels as well as Junior Olympic clubs. Coach Rey decided it was time to follow his passion in coaching and make a complete career change to coach collegiately. Since that time, Coach Rey never second-guessed his career change and is excited about the opportunites ahead.