Chad Gatzlaff joined the VCU Volleyball staff in 2013 after one successful season at the University of Indianapolis under current Rams' Coach Jody Rogers.
One of the bright young assistants in the game, Gatzlaff was integral in VCU's outstanding 2013 season that included a 26-8 mark and a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship Match. Gatzlaff was part of a staff that developed the 2013 A-10 Player of the Year, as well as the league's Libero of the Year. One player, Romana Kriskova, earned AVCA All-East Region and AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2013. VCU also ranked as high as 38th in the RPI during the 2013 season, the highest in school history.
Gatzlaff also aided the development of Janelle Sykes and Cecilia Aragao, who signed professional contracts following the conclusion of their VCU careers in 2014.
In 2012, Gatzlaff helped UIndy to its best postseason finish in school history as the Greyhounds reached the final four of the 2012 NCAA Championships in Pensacola, Fla. The Greyhounds finished 31-8 for only the third 30-win season in school history. He helped outside hitter Kristina Kerrigan earn AVCA First Team All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year, while setter Meghan Binkerd was AVCA Third Team All-American.
Gatzlaff spent 2011 as a volunteer assistant at St. Mary's (Minn.), where he helped the Cardinals finish 17-14. During his time in Winona, Minn., he was also the Winona Junior Olympics Program Director and 17s coach.
He has also spent time coaching men's club teams at Tennessee and Minnesota State. He was a four-year starter for the Minnesota State club team, including two years as All-Northern Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference as a middle blocker. The Mavericks recorded a pair of top 10 finishes at Club Nationals during his time on the court.
Gatzlaff earned a bachelor of science in marketing from Minnesota State in 2009.