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Veteran Gokhan Yilmaz Set To Lead FAMU Volleyball
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
Release:08/12/2018

Florida A&M University has appointed veteran volleyball coach and teacher Gokhan Yilmaz to take the reins as head coach of the school’s  Women’s Volleyball Program.

Yilmaz, who served the past two seasons as Associate Head Coach at FAMU,  has fashioned an impressive resume replete with volleyball playing, teaching and coaching experiences from both overseas and in the United States.

A native of Istabul, Turkey, Yilmaz has compiled a 284-137 career record as a collegiate coach, good for an excellent .680 winning percentage, utilizing his skills as a teacher/trainer in volleyball, as well as using his wealth of contacts in the international volleyball community in recruiting.

Yilmaz served one season (2014-15) as head coach at UNC Charlotte, leading the 49ers to 17 wins, the most in eight years, while leading the team to its’ first conference tournament appearance in five years – a team built around nine new recruits he signed for that first season.

Prior to that, he spent seven seasons as Associate Head Coach, Training Coordinator and Main Recruiter for nearby Florida State University (2008-14),

While at FSU, Yilmaz landed the nation’s Number Three recruiting class in 2012, helping the Seminoles to a sizzling 154-41 record, featuring five NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), highlighted by a 2011 Final Four berth, a 2009 Elite Eight spot and a 2013 Sweet Sixteen berth.

Yilmaz’s collegiate resume also includes stints as an Assistant Coach at the University of Arkansas (Spring 2005, 2007-08); Northwood University (2005-07 – 2005 regional semifinalist), Cameron University (2003-05 – two-time conference finalist), and Western New Mexico University (2002-03).

He began his coaching career in his native Turkey as a club coach (Eczacibasi Sports Club) in 1995-96, before working the next six years coaching club, high school and middle school teams, most of which achieved national, regional and city honors.

In his six seasons prior to starting his collegiate career, Yilmaz led his charges to two national championships, and four other finals appearances, and all of his teams earned berths in the Turkish National Tournament.

Yilmaz holds a Bachelor’s in Eastern European Studies from Istanbul University (2002), and a Master’s in Sports Psychology from Cameron University (2005).

He also completed a Volleyball Coaching course in 1999, and completed a first degree Volleyball Coaching course in Istanbul in 2000.

Additionally, he has attended numerous volleyball seminars, covering lifting (strength and conditioning) in volleyball, nutrition, kinesiology and skill perfection training.

His playing career in the sport was rather extensive, as he played for his high school team from 1989-95, while also playing for two sports clubs: Eczacibasi SC (1991-95), and Besiktas SC (1994-95).

WHAT'S ON TAP: Yilmaz will officially open his tenure as FAMU head coach when he leads the Rattler Women into battle in the USM Invitational hosted by Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., Friday and Saturday, August 24-25.

FAMU’s home opening weekend will be Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, as they jointly host the FAMU-FSU Invitational. They will face off against Southern Miss and VCU, playing one match each day in the Al Lawson Center.

 

THE GOKHAN YILMAZ FILE

Overall Record as a college coach: 284 - 137 (.680 winning %)

2018                           Florida A&M University Head Volleyball Coach

2016 – 2017              Florida A&M University Associate  Head Coach

2014 – 2015             UNC Charlotte Head Volleyball Coach

                                    Highest number of wins, 17, since 2006

                                    First Conference Tournament appearance in the last 5 years

                                    Recruited/signed, 9 new players in the first year

 

2008 – 2014             Florida State University Associate Head Coach

                                    Training Coordinator/ Main Recruiter

                                    #3 Recruiting Class in 2012

                                    154 – 41 Overall Record, .800 winning %

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 NCAA Tournament Participant,11 – 5 record

 

2009 Elite Eight,2010 Second Round,2011 Final Four,2012 Second Round,2013 Sweet 16

 

                                    2009, 2011, 2012 ACC Champion 

 

2007 – 2008               University of Arkansas Assistant Volleyball Coach

                                    Main on Court Trainer/International Recruiting Coordinator

 

2005 – 2007             Northwood University Assistant Volleyball Coach

                                    2005 Regional Semi - Finalist

 

2005 Spring              University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Assistant Coach

 

2003 – 2005              Cameron University Assistant Coach  

                                    Two Time Conference Finalist

                                   

2002 – 2003              Western New Mexico University Assistant Coach

                                    Overall record of 19 – 13.

 

2001 – 2002             Youth Boys Team Head Coach, Uskudar Cmh. HS Head Coach

                                    Youth Boys Team both City and National Champions

                                    High School Team City Champions, National Finalist

 

2000 – 2001              Youth Boys Team Head Coach, Besiktas High School Team Head Coach

                                    Youth Boys Team Third Place in the City and National Finalist

                                    High School Team City Champions, National Finalist

 

1999 – 2000              Youth Boys Team Head Coach, Professional Team Second Assistant Coach

                                    Youth Boys Team City Finalist, National Champions

Professional Team 5th Place in the regular season, Quarter Finalist in Play-offs

 

1998 – 1999             Youth and Junior Boys Teams Head Coach       

Youth Boys Team both City and National Finalist (lost both finals 2-3)

Junior Boys Team Third Place in the City, eliminated in the Nationals

 

1997 – 1998              Youth Boys Team Head Coach, Galatasaray Middle School Head Coach 

Youth Boys Team City Champions, eliminated in the National Tournament

                                    Middle School Team both City and National Champions (26–0)

 

1996 – 1997              Youth Boys Team Head Coach, Galatasaray Middle School Head Coach

                                    Youth Boys Team City Champions , National Finalist

                                    Middle School Team both City and National Finalist

 

1995 – 1996             First year in coaching. Eczacibasi Sports Club

 

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

2018                                                   Florida A&M University Head Volleyball Coach

2016-2017  season             `           Florida A&M University Associate Head Coach

2014 – 2015 season                        UNC Charlotte Head Volleyball Coach

 

2008 – 2013 season                        Florida State University Associate Head Coach/Training Coordinator

 

2007 – 2008 season                        University of Arkansas Assistant Coach/Training Coordinator  

 

2005 – 2007 season                        Northwood University Volleyball Coach/Training Coordinator

 

2005 Spring Season                       University of Arkansas Assistant Coach 

 

2003 – 2005 season                        Cameron University Assistant Coach

 

2002 – 2003 season                        Western New Mexico University Assistant Coach

 

1996 – 2002 seasons                      Coached in Galatasaray Sports Club

 

2001 – 2002 season                        Coached Uskudar Cumhuriyet High School Team

 

2000 – 2001 season                        Coached Besiktas High School Team

 

1998 – 2001 seasons                      Youth Boys National Team Head Coach

 

1995 – 1996 season                        Coached in Eczacibasi Sports Club

 

1999 – 2000 season                        Professional Team Second Assistant Coach

 

1996 – 1998 seasons                      Coached Galatasaray Middle School Team

           

 

 

 

 



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