July 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh volleyball head coach Dan Fisher has announced the addition of Pittsburgh native Kellen Petrone as Director of Volleyball Operations.
“Growing up in the volleyball community in Pittsburgh, it was always a dream of mine to work on the Pitt volleyball staff,” Petrone said. “Being able to work with Dan Fisher and the other coaches at Pitt is an opportunity I am very grateful for. The future is bright at Pitt Volleyball and I couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming season!”
Before coming to Pitt, Petrone was the Director of Volleyball Operations and Sales Strategist for StatEasy, a Pittsburgh start-up company that produces statistical software for high school and college sports teams. During this time he also volunteered with the Point Park University women’s volleyball team in downtown Pittsburgh.
Petrone also served as an assistant coach for UNC Asheville from 2010-12. He helped the Bulldogs to a 19-12 record and a third place regular season finish in the Big South Conference. UNC Asheville advanced to the second round of the Big South Tournament in both 2011 and 2012.
Prior to UNC Asheville, he worked for two years as an assistant coach for Robert Morris University. He was instrumental in helping the Colonials qualify for the NEC Tournament and a berth in the tournament semi-finals in 2009. Petrone then served as the interim head coach at Robert Morris for the 2010 spring season.
During his time as an undergraduate, Petrone’s passion for the sport led him to found Duquesne University’s men’s club volleyball team, serving as its president from 2004-2008.
In addition to completing his studies, Petrone held multiple coaching positions around the Pittsburgh area at local high schools and clubs during his time at Duquesne. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the girls’ team at Moon Area High School, located just west of Pittsburgh. With Petrone on the staff, the Tigers captured the 2007 WPIAL Championship and finished the year ranked eighth in the state.
As an assistant with Fox Chapel High School men’s volleyball, the team won the 2006 WPIAL Championship and reached the state finals. The following year, the team made it back to the WPIAL Finals and advanced to the state playoffs.
Petrone spent his high school playing career at Pittsburgh Central Catholic. He helped the Vikings advance to the WPIAL semi-finals in 2004, and was rewarded with a selection to the 2004 All-WPIAL First Team. After Pittsburgh Central Catholic won the 2004 Montour Volleyball Tournament, Petrone was individually recognized by being selected to the all-tournament team.
Petrone graduated from Duquesne in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship.
Pitt volleyball opens the 2014 season on August 29 vs. Middle Tennessee State in Bowling Green, Ohio.