NEW PALTZ — SUNY New Paltz Director of Athletics, Stuart Robinson, has announced the hiring of Radu Petrus as its new men’s volleyball coach.
Prior to his arrival at New Paltz, Petrus spent the last four years as the first assistant volleyball coach at Long Island University (LIU). Last season LIU finished with a 26-14 record and became the first volleyball team in Northeast Conference history to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2004-05, LIU recorded the first conference title in the program’s 12 year history, with an overall record of 32-7.
Petrus spent four years as the head men’s volleyball coach of the Romanian Professional Second League. During this time, the team placed third and fourth in the league and promoted three players onto the Romanian Professional First League.
Petrus has coached at the High School level for 18 years in Oradea, Romania. He also organized and developed the Romanian Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Sports Club Nando.
For ten years, Petrus was a player for the Romanian Professional First League, where he helped lead his team to win and place among the first six of the League.
Petrus earned his bachelor degree in Physical Education and Sport from the University of Bucharest. He persued his masters in Health Sciences at LIU.