Carol Price-Torok → Head Coach
Carol Price-Torok was named the ninth head coach in Bradley Volleyball history in February 2016, taking over the head coaching duties at Bradley after spending the previous eight seasons at Arkansas, where she was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator the last four seasons. During her time in Fayetteville, AR, she helped the Razorbacks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to her arrival at Arkansas for the 2008 season, the Razorbacks were ranked 140 in the RPI, but climbed to 36 by her fifth season (2012) with the program and earned their first NCAA Tournament spot since 2006 to cap a 22-10 season. After a 7-23 first season in Fayetteville, AR, Price-Torok helped Arkansas improve its record in each of the next four seasons, culminating with a 13-7 SEC record and second-place West Division finish in 2012.
The Razorbacks were .500 or better in SEC play in four of her last five seasons and posted a combined 88-66 overall mark over the past five campaigns.
Individually, Arkansas produced four All-Americans, five all-region picks and eight All-SEC selections during her tenure. Price-Torok helped lure the 16th-best recruiting class in the country to Fayetteville, AR, in 2013 after the 2012 recruiting class was 26th nationally.
A 2005 graduate of Texas A&M, Price-Torok was an assistant coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Texas-San Antonio before moving to Arkansas. While with the Roadrunners, she helped guide UTSA to a 19-13 overall record during the 2006 season and mentored a pair of First-Team All-Southland Conference selections.
Price-Torok ventured into coaching upon wrapping up her collegiate career at Texas A&M, serving as an assistant coach at Southwestern University during the 2005 season. In her one season in Georgetown, TX, she helped the Pirates to the NCAA Division III Tournament and coached an all-region performer in addition to two individuals who garnered all-conference honors.
During her collegiate career, she was part of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at Texas A&M and started her final two years at outside hitter after playing middle blocker as a freshman and sophomore for the Aggies. The team’s 2003 offensive MVP, Price-Torok was selected as Big XII Player of the Week twice during her senior year and was a Second-Team Big XII Scholar-Athlete that same season. She helped the Aggies to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001 along with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003.
Off the court, she served as a student-athlete advisory committee representative at Texas A&M and also lettered for the Aggies women’s basketball team during the 2003-04 season.
Originally from Fenton, MI, Price-Torok and her husband Matt have two children: Jaxen and Kaden.
Nate Thompson → Assistant Coach
First-year Bradley Volleyball head coach Carol Price-Torok has completed her coaching staff announcing Nate Thompson has been named an assistant coach in April 2016.
A 2013 IUPUI graduate with a degree in kinesiology, Thompson comes to The Hilltop after spending the past two seasons as co-director of Vision Volleyball Club in Indianapolis, Ind., in addition to serving as head coach at Fishers High School in Fishers, Ind. At Vision he helped mentor 26 individuals who went on to play collegiate volleyball.
Thompson also spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at IUPUI, helping the Jaguars to a then school record 20 wins in 2009. In addition to assisting with recruiting, practice and in-game coaching, Thompson will coordinate travel along with Bradley Volleyball’s social media presence.
The co-founder of the IUPUI men’s club team, Thompson was part of Vision Volleyball Club for five seasons where he worked his way up from assistant coach in 2011 to co-director for the last two years.
He led Fishers High School to 22 victories last fall and the school produced four all-conference honorees during his two seasons.
An Indianapolis, Ind., native, Thompson was assistant boy’s volleyball coach at his alma mater Southport High School while working toward his undergraduate degree.
Jon Wong → Assistant Coach
No stranger to the Midwest, Florida native Jon Wong is the newest addition to the Bradley Volleyball coaching staff after joining the Braves as an assistant coach in August 2016.
A 2012 graduate of Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., Wong comes to The Hilltop after spending the 2015-16 school year as the Director of Operations at Tennessee, where he helped the Volunteers to a 21-12 record last fall. In addition to handling team travel, Wong served as Tennessee’s video coordinator and camp director.
Wong was a four-year letterwinner at Lindenwood and the setter/defensive specialist/libero was part of the Lions’ 2009 NAIA National Championship in addition to a pair of conference championship squads. He earned degrees in athletic training and exercise science from Lindenwood, before going on to earn a master’s in Sport & Fitness Studies from Florida International in 2014.
While a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Florida International, Wong worked primarily with the football, track and field and volleyball programs. Following his work at Florida International, he relocated to Tampa, Fla., for the 2014-15 school year, where he was a volunteer assistant coach at South Florida.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Wong has coached at multiple volleyball clubs and academies throughout his career. Most recently, he worked with USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team as a technical coordinator during the team’s tour of China.
Wong, who served as assistant coach with the Florida Wave of the Premier Volleyball League, also coached at the K2 Volleyball Club in Knoxville, Tenn., last year and numerous club teams in his home state of Florida including Tampa Bay One Volleyball Club in Tampa, Fla., and the Rita Crockett Volleyball Academy in Miami. In addition he coached Team Florida High Performance in the international youth division, with his squad earning a silver in 2015 and winning gold in the 2016 event.
Camp coaches will include former and current Braves, as well as college and club coaches from around the country.