2011 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Jeff Stork is in his 11th season at Cal State Northridge and became just the third coach in school history to notch 100 wins when the Matadors defeated San Jose State on Sept. 18, 2010. Consistently playing among the toughest schedules in the country, the 2011 Matadors finished 16-13 overall and 9-7 in the Big West which was good for third place in one of the toughest conferences on the West Coast. Stork was named Big West Coach of the Year for the first time in 2011 while Cal State Northridge had four players honored on the postseason all-conference teams (Natalie Allen, Sydney Gedryn, Casey Hinger, Mahina Haina) while Hinger was also named Freshman of the Year as well as to the All-Freshman Team. In all, 26 Matador players have earned All-Big West honors under Stork while 31 Northridge student-athletes have garnered all-academic consideration. Stork has also had the highest Academic Progress Rating (APR) in Big West Volleyball and has graduated over 30 team members.
In addtion to 2011, the 2003 and 2004 seasons are also considered to be the most successful seasons of Stork's tenure.
In 2003, Stork led the Matadors to a 16-13 overall record and a second place finish in the Big West at 12-6. The 2003 season proved even more memorable as CSUN was awarded an NCAA berth for the first time since 1996. Northridge owned its longest win streak since 1996, included in the streak were wins over No. 15 UC Santa Barbara and No. 24 Pacific. The win streak ended when the Matadors dropped a tough 3-1 decision to No. 8 UCLA.
In 2004, Stork guided the Matadors to a 17-11 overall record (11-7 Big West) and Northridge earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. The Matadors also posted their highest win total since 1996 and their highest conference win total since that same 1996 season.
Stork was officially named head women's volleyball coach at Cal State Northridge on March 15, 2002. Stork became just the sixth head coach in the 31-year history of Matador volleyball.
During Stork's tenure at Cal State Northridge he has also coached the Men's National Team during the World League (2009, 2010) and the Boy's Youth National Team (2010). He also coached his son's USAV junior team to a gold medal in 2007. In 2001, Stork concluded a four-year stint as part of the Pepperdine men's volleyball staff for head coach Marv Dunphy. Stork was tabbed Dunphy's top assistant coach in August of 1998 and helped the 1999 team compile an overall record of 20-5 and earn a No. 4 national ranking from the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. Stork was named as Pepperdine's interim head coach in 1999 when Dunphy joined the U.S. National Team as an assistant coach through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Pepperdine fared well under Stork's guidance, compiling a 22-6 record and advancing to the NCAA Championships. The Waves won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Mountain Division title in 2000 and advanced to the title game of the conference tournament before losing a four-game decision to UCLA in the title match. Pepperdine earned the lone at-large berth to the 2000 NCAA Championships, but the Waves were beaten by Ohio State in the semifinal round. Pepperdine completed the 2000 campaign ranked No. 3 nationally by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Volleyball Magazine.
Stork returned to his assistant's post when Dunphy returned as head coach in 2001. The Waves posted a 14-9 mark that year, finishing the season ranked No. 6 nationally in both polls.
Prior to coaching at Pepperdine, Stork worked as an assistant coach during the 1997 season with the women's program at New Mexico under Laurel Brassey Iverson. The Lobos compiled an overall record of 14-15.
A native of Topanga and a graduate of Taft High in Woodland Hills, Stork began his collegiate studies at Pierce College in 1981. He did not play volleyball while at Pierce. He then transferred to Pepperdine where he spent the next three years (1982-84) earning All-American honors all three seasons. During his collegiate career at Pepperdine, Stork helped the Waves to a three-year record of 56-21 (.727). Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA title match in 1983 and 1984, but was beaten both times by UCLA. Stork garnered All-NCAA Tournament Team honors in both seasons. In 1985, Stork decided to try his hand at coaching and served as a graduate assistant coach at Pepperdine while completing work toward a bachelor's degree in education and Kinesiology.
While the Waves were winning a national championship, Stork was embarking on a 10-year tour of duty (1985-92 and 1995-96) as a member of the USA Volleyball Team. He would ultimately become a member of three U.S. Olympic Teams (1988, 1992 and 1996) and was the starting setter on the 1988 team coached by Dunphy that won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. His 1988 Olympic dreams almost turned into a nightmare as a back injury kept him sidelined for the first two matches. But he returned to spark Team USA's gold medal drive. He is regarded as one of the game's all-time best setters and gained an international reputation for being calm under pressure. His highly technical approach allowed the American squad to maintain its No. 1 world ranking throughout the later half of the 1980s.
Stork is a highly decorated volleyball player and picked up many accolades and medals throughout his career, including being named the co-winner (with Doug Partie) of the 1987 Players Award. In addition to winning the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games, Stork struck gold at the 1985 NORCECA Championships, the 1985 World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, the 1987 Savvin Cup and the 1987 Pan-American Games. He has also won three silver medals (1985 Savvin Cup, 1987 NORCECA Championships and the 1991 NORCECA Championships) in his career and two bronze medals (1992 Olympic Games and in the 1992 World League). Most recently, Stork was named to the USA Volleyball Men's (1978-2002) 75th Anniversary All-Era Team.
In addition to his substantial experience with the U.S. National Team, Stork played professionally for a number of years in Italy and speaks Italian fluently. He was named the Italian League MVP in 1993 while setting for Mediolanum Gonzaga. His Maxicono team captured the 1990 Italian indoor title. He also competed successfully on the beach during the early 1990s, playing in the Bud Light 4-Man Beach Volleyball League's inaugural season (1991) while leading Club Sportswear to a league championship. He was a two-time MVP of the Bud Light 4-Man League (1991 and 1994).
Stork and his wife, Sabine, have three children -- Matthew, who recently finished his career as a member of the men's volleyball team at Cal State Northridge in 2012, Daniel, who will be a junior at UC Irvine, and Nicoletta -- and reside in Topanga, Calif.