Team USA begins competition in the Dominican Republic on July 2 vs. Peru
Panthers are set to play 11 NCAA Tournament teams from 2015
The Pitt head coach will lead the team in the Dominican Republic, June 30-July 11
The Panthers will play five matches in nine days in Italy and Greece
Director of volleyball operations Kellen Petrone becomes assistant coach/recruiting coordinator
Career Highlights and Awards
- 2015 Pan Am Head Coach/Gold Medal Winner
- Three honorable mention All-American selections
- Three ACC All-Academic honorees at Pitt
- 142 Career Wins
- 67-29 Overall Record at Pitt
- .698 Overall Win Percetange at Pitt
- .640 Conference Win Percentage at Pitt
- Back-to-back Top-50 RPI Seasons
University of Pittsburgh
- 2015, Head Coach
- Led Pitt to an overall 23-9 record, the team’s second straight 20 win season. This was the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the team went three straight in ’02, ’03, and ’04.
- Recorded a 13-7 ACC record, the second straight year with 13 wins.
- Steered Amanda Orchard to her second consecutive Honorable Mention All-America honor, AVCA All-Region accolade and First-Team All-ACC award in her final season with the Panthers. Orchard ranked 18th in the nation in hitting percentage (.410) and second in the ACC. She was also named to the 2015 Senior CLASS Award First Team.
- Oversaw graduate transfer Kadi Kullerkann’s successful transition to Pitt. Kullerkann joined Orchard as an Honorable Mention All-America honoree, All-Region award winner and All-ACC First Team standout after becoming one of the Panther's most dominate hitters.
- Led a team which ranked fourth in the country and first in the ACC in assists (13.87/game) as well as being 10th in the country and second in the ACC in kills (14.48/set).
- Raised his overall record to 142-31 as well as a 67-29 record as Pitt’s head coach.
- 2014, Head Coach
- Led the Panthers to a 25-6 overall record, which was the program’s most victories since 2003.
- Improved the team’s conference record another four games to 13-5 after going 11-9 in the ACC in 2013 and 7-8 in the Big East in 2012.
- Oversaw the development of junior middle-hitter Amanda Orchard, who became the first Pitt player since 2011 to be named Honorable Mentiona All-America.
- Guided the team to a number one ranking in the ACC in aces (1.74/set), and runner-up in opponent hitting percentage (1.66), assists (13.61/set) and kills (14.32/set).
- Won his 100th career game as a head coach in a 3-0 defeat of Duquesne on Sept. 12, 2014
- 2013, Head Coach
- Coached the team to 19 wins in his first year; which were the most in a single season since winning 20 games in 2009
- Improved the team's conference record by four wins from 7-8 in its final year in the Big East to an 11-9 inaugural ACC campaign
- Finished fifth in the ACC last season after being selected in the pre-season poll to place 13th
- Guided the team to their highest totals in the following categories since 2009: hitting %, kills/set, total kills, assists/set, total assists and total aces
- Helped the Panthers improve from a conference winning percentage of .548 in 2012 to .576 in 2013
- 2011-12, Head Coach
- Guided the Eagles women's volleyball program to an overall record of 75-2 (.974), including a National Championship in 2012 and a National Runner-up finish in 2011
- Coached six NAIA All-Americans, seven All-GSAC players and five GSAC scholar-athletes in his two seasons including Brooke Marino who was named the NAIA Player of the Year in 2011 and was a two-time GSAC Player of the Year
- Led Concordia University to its first-ever NAIA National Championship title in 2012 finishing the season with a perfect 38-0 record en route to the National Championship
- Named NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year in 2012
- Coached Concordia to a national runner-up finish in his first year with a 37-2 overall record and 18-0 conference record
- Named the NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2011
- 2009-11, Associate Men's Head Coach
- Helped the Warriors earn a No. 4 national ranking in 2010 and coached three AVCA All-Americans during his tenure
- Handled the UH defense and was instrumental in scouting and practice planning
- Served as the recruiting coordinator and was responsible for recruiting local, national and international prospects for the Warriors
- 2007-09, Associate Women's Head Coach
- Helped USF to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference as the team earned an NCAA Tournament berth
- 2004-07, Assistant Men's Head Coach
- Served originally as Camp Director and eventually took over as an assistant coach for the women's team in addition to the work with the men's squad
- 2015: Led the U.S. Women’s National Team to a gold medal at the Pan American Games as head coach for the first time since 1967.
- 2014: Coached the USA/BIP Developmental Team at the Global Challenge in Europe
- 2012: Worked as an assistant coach for the women’s Gold Medal winning USA National Pan Am Cup Team, serving as the team’s offensive coordinator working with setters on all offensive systems and coordinated the opponent scouting
- 2007: Served as an assistant for Team USA during the World University Games in Thailand
- 2006: Assisted with the USA Volleyball Boys Youth Select program
- Spent five years playing professionally in Belgium, Spain and Switzerland after college graduation
- Competed for five years on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour earning a pair of 13th place finishes
- Represented his country on multiple occasions donning the red, white and blue during tournaments in Japan and France in 2000 and 2001
- Earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from University of the Pacific in May of 1999 and a Master of Arts in sports science from Pacific in 2008
- Resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Joni and daughter Eden.
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