Coronel Promoted to Associate Head Coach of Red Raider Volleyball
Jojit Coronel was named the associate head coach for Red Raider Volleyball on Wednesday.
March 27, 2013
Coronel will enter his third season at Texas Tech in the fall as the former George Washington head coach has helped revamp the Red Raider program to 29 wins the past two years, one short of matching the school's total from the previous five seasons.
"This is a natural step for Jojit to become the associate head volleyball coach here at Texas Tech," Flora said. "During his 26 months of work at Tech, Jojit has brought a focus, a depth of teaching and an important presence to the program. It has been so good to have Jojit's eyes and experience in the gym and within the Red Raider program. So, I am glad to be able to announce this move for Jojit."
Well-known for his scouting adjustments prior to and during matches, Coronel (pronounced Joe-jit Core-nel) serves as Texas Tech's primary scout for upcoming contests while also assisting in recruiting and the daily development of the program.
Texas Tech's 15 wins in 2011, Flora and Coronel's first season, marked the program's most since 2001. It was also the third-largest win differential (+11) in the country from the 2010 to 2011 seasons.
"I'm grateful and blessed to be a Red Raider and a member of this volleyball program," Coronel said. "Don's leadership and friendship has been instrumental in my growth as an individual and coach. I'm thankful for his faith in me and allowing me to be great in the development of our student-athletes, this program, athletics department and university."
Coronel arrived at Texas Tech after spending the previous 12 seasons as the head coach at George Washington. The Colonials finished 176-153 during his tenure that was highlighted by six trips to the Atlantic-10 Championships and three 20-plus win seasons. Coronel spent a season as an assistant coach at George Washington before being promoted the following year.
The Los Angeles native previously served on the men's side as an assistant coach for four seasons at the University of the Pacific, one of the top collegiate programs in the country, as well as his alma mater, University of California-Santa Cruz, where he was the head coach from 1993-95.
In addition to his work on the collegiate level, Coronel has also been heavily involved with the USA national and regional programs, most recently leading the SURVA Select Team to the 2012 HP Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Coronel has also served numerous stints as a volunteer coach and various internships at the national level where he worked with both the 2001 and 2003 USA men's national teams. He assisted and trained with the 2001 team that won the gold medal at the USA World University Games as well as the potential 2004 Athens Olympic team.
Coronel graduated from UC-Santa Cruz in 1993 with a degree in political science. He was a standout member of the UCSC's volleyball team as both a setter and defensive specialist, leading the squad to a 74-42 record over four years and Pacific Coast Volleyball Association titles in 1989 and 1991.
Coronel and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Lubbock with their two sons, Ethan and Drew.
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