Steve Vencl was named an assistant coach at the Unviersity of Houston on Feb. 4 and begins his first season with the Cougars in 2011.
"With Steve joining the program, we gain a new and positive dynamic to the team and the culture that we are constantly trying to nurture," Alvey said. "He has a positive energy and a good outlook on life. He is a great people person. He has an enthusiasm for volleyball so much so that he has changed careers in order to follow his passion."
In his role as assistant coach, Vencl will serve as the team's travel coordinator and will restructure the program's utilization of video for training and scouting in addition to on-court training and recruiting.
"Our plan for Steve is to grow and develop our teaching methods by advancing the application of our video systems for training," Alvey added. "He will also play an integral role in recruiting."
Prior to coming to Houston, Vencl served as the volunteer assistant coach at Marquette during the 2010 season. That year the program set the school record for wins (23) and conference wins (11) and posted a school-record 14-match win streak. They finished third in the Big East standings, and Vencl coached three players to AVCA All-Region honors.
He also assisted with the implementation of practice plans and provided daily position training to the middle hitters, outside hitters, right-side hitters and the defensive specialists while at Marquette. In his role as volunteer assistant, Vencl also was responsible for all opponent video breakdown and the execution of the weekly video exchange.
Prior to his time at Marquette, Vencl was the assistant coach at Baldwin-Wallace College where he assisted with the daily organization and planning of practice. He also provided individual training to the middle and outside hitters. In addition, Vencl was responsible for scouting and compiling game plans. He also assisted with the development of the strength and conditioning program and coordinated all home match management duties.
Vencl was also the head coach of the Toledo men's volleyball club from 2005-2006. While in that position he managed all try-outs, practices and matches. He also developed the strength and conditioning program and managed the team's administration including, team travel and equipment and uniform purchases. He was a member of the team form 1999-2002.
He has also served as a club coach with the Cleveland Volleyball Company and the Toledo Volleyball Club and was an assistant coach at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio.
Vencl received a bachelor of arts from the University of Toledo.