Men's Volleyball

Henry Chuang
Henry Chuang
Title: Head Men's Volleyball Coach
Phone: (828) 898-8891

Chuang will begin his fourth season as the Bobcats' Head Coach in the spring of 2019.

In his third season at the helm, Chuang led LMC to a record of 4-22 overall and 2-14 mark within conference play. Highlighting the 2018 campaign for Lees-McRae were a pair of player of the week honors. Robert Bowling was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week in early January, while Michael Wahl was tabbed Off the Block's National Libero of the Week in early April. 

In 2017, Chuang led the Bobcats to nine-win improvement from his first season as LMC went 10-17 overall and 8-10 in Conference Carolinas action. Chuang helped seniors Keenan Freitas and John Sobel earn All-Conference Second Team honors and Reto Pfund earn a Player of the Week award in 2017.  

In his first season, Chuang led the Bobcats to a 1-25 record overall and a 0-18 mark in league action. 

Chuang came to Bobcat Country with a plethora of experience in the men’s volleyball scene after finishing a two-year stint as the assistant coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. During the 2013 season, he served as the interim head coach for the women’s volleyball team.

“We found a men’s volleyball coach whose natural progression was to become a head coach in Henry,” praised Craig McPhail. “His experience working with men’s volleyball players at the collegiate level and ability to develop relationships as well as talents were exceptional.”

Prior to Vassar, Chuang spent five years (2008-2013) as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

While assisting the men’s SFU squad, the team won 12 or more matches in five of his six seasons, including 15 in 2009.

Chuang helped lead the women’s team to 14 wins in the 2012 season, including a 10-6 mark in conference play.

“Henry has a great personality and will have a great impact on our young men in the program. I am thrilled to have him on our staff and representing Lees-McRae College,” said McPhail.

From 2011 to 2014, he was the court coach for a boys’ volleyball camp at Penn State University in College Park, Pa.

Chuang spent six years in Germany and led the U-20 Juniors team to a vice-national championship in 2007.

“I would like to thank Mr. McPhail and President Barry Buxton for this wonderful opportunity to work with the men's volleyball team and to be a part of the athletics family at Lees-McRae,” said Chuang. “I have spoken with the team and everyone is as excited as I am for the upcoming season and I know we will accomplish some great things as we work to meet the goals that we set as a team. I look forward to the future and helping this team contend for the Conference Carolinas’ title.”

He is fluent in German and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he serves as a chapter advisor.  

William Tatge
William Tatge
Title: Assistant Men's Volleyball Coach
Phone: (828) 898-8714

Tatge enters his third season as the assistant men's volleyball coach at Lees-McRae College with a coaching background that spans two continents.

"William is ready for this opportunity and we are all very excited to have him in our athletic department," praised McPhail. "He possesses the qualities of a young coach with a very bright future. We are looking forward to him teaching, guiding and developing our young women volleyball players and giving them a great experience."

Tatge is no stranger to success after claiming the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference and AVCA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the year during his two-year stint at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C.

"I would like to thank Dr. (Barry) Buxton and Craig McPhail for this wonderful opportunity. I am excited to build on the success that these young ladies had last season as well as the tremendous success that the women's volleyball program has had in its very impressive history," said Tatge. "I think we have a great group of ladies returning and I am looking forward to building the program into a conference and national contender." 

As the assistant women's volleyball coach and head junior varsity coach for Montreat College, he was heavily involved with every aspect of the program.

Prior to his time at Montreat, Tatge was the head men's and assistant women's volleyball coach at Durham University in Durham, United Kingdom. He performed a wide variety of coaching tasks on the practice and game court. He served as the liaison between the volleyball program and athletic department as the head men's coach.

From Aug. 2010-May 2012, he was the assistant volleyball coach at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. Tatge also assisted with softball and men’s soccer while at BLC.

William played for Team Northumbria in the English National League as well as for Team Durham and Indiana University during his postgraduate and undergraduate studies. He also played collegiate soccer, basketball, and tennis during his undergraduate studies.

He earned a master’s degree in management from Durham University Business School, a top 75 program globally. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in business administration and coaching.

Tatge is USAV CAP 1 and IMPACT certified.