St. John's took on BIG EAST rival Notre Dame at home at Carnesecca Arena on Oct. 30.
While with the Wildcats, Chen assisted with recruiting, practice planning, scheduling, match preparation and travel coordination. He also coached the team's setters, middle and right side hitters. Before working at Villanova, Chen was a volunteer assistant at Temple University.
Chen has been involved in the worldwide volleyball scene for more than 25 years and has recently had coaching stints with club volleyball teams in the Philadelphia area. He was the head coach of the Intensity Volleyball Club age 16 team in 2004 and led the squad to a final record of 69-12 and six championships. He also has worked with Gilad Doron's Philadelphia Volleyball Academy since 2003. Chen is responsible for skill development for the 14-, 17-, and 18-year old age groups.
Before coming to the United States, Chen was an accomplished coach in China, where he served as the head coach for the Shanghai Xuhui District. While in that role, he led his teams to championships in 1985, 1986 and 1995. Chen was also an assistant coach for the Chinese Women's National teams in 1989 and 1993. The teams took second place in the World Grand Prix and finished third in the World Cup in those years.
During his collegiate career, he started for the Shanghai University of Sport men's volleyball team. He also was the captain and starting setter for the Chinese junior national team following his graduation. Chen is a 1982 graduate of the Shanghai University of Sport, where he received his B.S. in Physical Education. He also received certification for completion of the training course in the technique of TUINA massage, and completed the USA Volleyball IMPACT program in 2004.