I was cut from the Boys Basketball team at Mission San Jose high school team during my Freshmen year. Even though I was pretty sad about being cut, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me because I decided to tryout for Boys Volleyball the following year and made the team! That was the beginning of my volleyball journey. After I graduated from MSJHS, I lived at home and attended a local university. The MSJHS boys volleyball coach asked me to play against his team during practice, and I was happy to oblige because I missed the glory days of high school volleyball. Some of the boys started asking me how to perform certain skills and I really had to think about it before teaching them. I realized how gratifying it was to help someone improve their abilities. Soon, I became a volleyball addict and obsessed with watching, playing, learning, and coaching volleyball. My favorite aspects about coaching are developing relationships with my players, instilling life long values in them, sharing and growing a passion for volleyball, being competitive, building a culture that people want to be a part of, and experiencing the challenge of trying to be a better coach every year. My goal each year is that whether we win or lose, we feel that we can be proud of what we've accomplished, and we leave the experience as better people. But, don't get me wrong, I still love to win =).
I Graduated at American HS in 2009 and have been coaching volleyball since 2011. I was the assistant coach for girls and boys at American High School in 2011 and helped the boys qualify for NCS in 2012 and 2013. I eventually became the JV Boys Head Coach at Mission San Jose High School and went undefeated in 2013, and then the JV Girls Head Coach from 2014 to present.
Outside of volleyball, I enjoy working out, playing volleyball, and going on adventures with friends.
Here are a few fun facts about myself. I used to break dance. I torn my meniscus doing a double backflip on the trampoline. I can speak Vietnamese but can't write in Vietnamese.
My name is Thien Nguyen, but I go by "T"...It's just easier for me to hear on court. I've been playing Volleyball since I was 12. I made my high school Varsity team as a Freshman at Gunderson High School in San Jose. I continued to play throughout high school and played club at UC Irvine where I graduated. After college, I returned back to the Bay Area and played in adult leagues in the area and various tournaments throughout the country.
I have been Head Coach of the Mission San Jose Boys program for 3 years and Head Coach of the Freshmen Girls for 2 years. Coaching is a love of mine as I try to mentor and teach the game.
In my spare time, besides playing Volleyball, I like to travel and snowboard.