Charlie Ginex enters his fourth season as head coach of the Kean men's volleyball program in the 2016-17 school year.
Ginex led Kean to its fifth-straight Skyline title in 2016, and picked up an NCAA Tournament victory over Endicott College in the opening round of the Tournament. The Cougars were one of just two programs nationally to eclipse the 30-win mark in 2016 – the other was National Champion SUNY New Paltz. Two Cougars were named All-Americans, and Kean will enter the 2017 season with a 65-match Skyline Conference winning streak, including the postseason.
The Cougars have been a consistent national power, attaining a national No. 1 ranking, a program-best 31 victories and its fourth-consecutive Skyline Conference title in 2015. In his second season as the head of the Kean program, Coach Ginex was named the Skyline Coach of the Year for the second-straight time.
In his first season at the helm in 2014, the Cougars finished the season with their highest-ever ranking – No. 9 in the AVCA national poll – and took the national runner-up to five sets on their home floor in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals. Ginex was named the Skyline Coach of the Year in his debut.
Kean ended the season with a 26-8 record, tying the 2013 squad with the best mark in the four-year history of the program. The Cougars completed the first perfect (14-0) regular season in Skyline Conference history and won their third-consecutive Skyline Conference regular season and tournament championships.
He was named the head coach of the men’s volleyball program in the summer of 2013. He served the previous two years as assistant coach of the Kean men's team, where he helped lead the newborn program to two Skyline Conference Championships and a pair of berths in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his arrival at Kean, he was assistant coach at Division I Rutgers-Newark in 2010-11 and coached in the New Jersey High School ranks for 10 years prior. He was named the 2010 Daily Record Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year and the 2008 Easton Express Times Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year. While at the prep level, Ginex turned around both the Hackettstown and Randolph High School programs. He led Hackettstown to a winning season in his first year after taking over a 3-24 squad, and led the school to their first conference title and state tournament victory.
At Randolph, he took over a losing program and led the Rams to a 45-16 record in his two seasons there. Prior to that, he was an assistant for the East Brunswick High School boys team that won two state championships in 2003 and 2004.
Ginex earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University in 2000.
Former All-American Bez Arslani will re-join the Kean University men’s volleyball program in 2017, this time as a student assistant coach for the Cougars.
Arslani was the program’s inaugural First-Team All-American in 2015. He was a Second-Team All-American in 2014. He was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year, First-Team All-ECAC and First-Team All-Skyline in both seasons as well. He was also the first Cougar ever named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, a distinction he achieved in 2015.
Despite playing just two seasons with the Cougars, Arslani is peppered throughout the Kean record book and in the Top-5 all-time in kills (667), hitting percentage (.295) and aces (67).
He has previously been the head coach for Side-Out Sports’ 17s club team and Union High School’s junior varsity team.