Assistant Coach, UCLA (Men)/Palisades Volleyball Club
Los Angeles, CA
NCAA Division I-II/Club
J.T. Wenger is now in his third season as assistant coach for the UCLA men's volleyball program, and according to head coach Al Scates, who nominated him for the award, his former player has what's needed to coach at the collegiate level.
"In his third year as an assistant coach at UCLA, J.T. has proven to be valuable in myriad aspects," Scates said. "He independently runs practice for our second court, which varies from 8-16 players at any point during practice. He has shown flexibility and creativity in organizing practices that are demanding of the athletes and prepare them for first-court experience. Over the past two years, I have called up on the players under J.T.'s tutelage to play in matches, and due to J.T.'s preparations, they have performed very well, despite their lack of match experience."
"I decided to get into coaching volleyball when I was still an active player," he said. "I have always enjoyed the strategies of volleyball, as well as maximizing a team's potential based on the personnel it has. When the opportunity to coach a men's collegiate team arose, I jumped at the chance... and haven't looked back."
As for future ambitions, he'd like to coach a Division I team, either men or women.
I have enjoyed coaching the men's side of the sport, but I am not opposed to coaching women's volleyball," he said. "I have had great experiences coaching."