By Army West Point Athletics, Office of Athletic CommunicationsJanuary 8, 2016
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 8, 2015) -- After serving as assistant volleyball coach at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for the last six seasons, Stafford Barzey has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, announced by head coach Alma Kovaci Tuesday.
"Stafford is a true professional and an incredibly valuable part of our program," Kovaci said. "He is a tireless worker, honest and trustworthy. He is very knowledgeable and at the same time, a student of the game. He has built relationships with our cadet-athletes, West Point and the volleyball community that are based on trust and respect. I've appreciated his hard work and loyalty to our program for the last six years, and I look forward to working with him in the years to come."
Since joining Kovaci's staff for the 2010 season, Barzey has helped maintained Army's success in the Patriot League. In the 2015 season, the Black Knights finished with a record of 21-8, eclipsing 20 wins for the first time since 2012. The team boasted a 12-4 mark in the Patriot League this past year, the lowest number of conference losses since the acclaimed 2012 season.
Prior to his appointment as assistant coach, Barzey had already invested much of his time into West Point, having worked the Army volleyball summer camp sessions for the previous eight years. He spent the 2010-11 season as the head coach at City College of New York, a Division III program in Manhattan. In his one season, he mentored the Beavers to a 21-17 mark and a berth in the CUNYAC semifinals where they lost a five-set match to Baruch College.
While at CCNY, Barzey was responsible for directing all aspects of the program to include practice planning and implementation, physical conditioning, player skill development, academic progress, fund raising and recruiting.
Barzey also earned head coaching experience at the club level with the Downstate Juniors Volleyball Club out of Peekskill, N.Y., and the Jersey Girls Volleyball Club (D.I.G.S.) in New Milford, N.J.
A CAP Level I certified coach through the USA Volleyball coaching accreditation program, Barzey spent four seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Pace University where he concentrated on player development, film review and practice sessions. In 2004-05, he served as a consultant for the Hunter College men's volleyball program. Barzey has garnered Division I camp experience at Army, Navy and Rhode Island.