By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Facts
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Following serving every single of the very last three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tennessee Tech volleyball, Zach Weinberg has been promoted and will now provide as affiliate head coach for the Golden Eagles moving forward.
“Zach has been this kind of a big aspect of our results at Tech so far,” head mentor Jeannette Waldo expressed. “To have an individual on team that you can trust fully is pretty worthwhile. When you few that rely on with our comparable competitive tendencies, it will make it so a great deal easier to put your foot on the gas and transfer forward.
“His favourable nature retains our health club lit in a way that is quite essential when the tension is on. We make a good workforce and you will need terrific teamwork from the best if you want individuals attributes to be current inside of your plan. We enjoy him every single day in our continual ascent.”
Weinberg expressed what the new title and performing with the Golden Eagle employees usually means to him.
“I am humbled, honored and energized to be elevated to associate head coach,” Weinberg described. “When I approved this placement a little in excess of a few decades ago, Jeannette laid out her eyesight for the plan to me and I was so delighted to be a element of helping that eyesight come to fruition. We continue to have a means to go ahead of we get to the lofty goals we’ve set for ourselves, but possessing her understand me for the get the job done we’ve carried out with this marketing is a superb experience.
“I’m so grateful to Jeannette and [assistant coach] Tierney [Flaherty] for staying an unbelievable crew to perform with each individual day and for pushing me to boost and be the most effective coach I can be. A particular thank you also goes out to all of the players in our software that have authorized me to mentor them about the final a few seasons. I can’t wait around to get back to work in August and proceed our quest for the Ohio Valley Convention Championship!”
Underneath the advice of Waldo and her personnel, including Weinberg, the purple and gold have manufactured steady improvement on the court docket, especially in OVC perform. Soon after finishing the 2017 campaign at just 2-14 in the league, the team’s closing season prior to the arrival of the new coaching staff, Tech has turned in a improved mark of 5-11 in calendar year a single.
The script fully flipped more than the future two seasons, with the Golden Eagles publishing back again-to-again 9-7 information in 2019 and 2020-21. The showings represented two straight winning campaigns in OVC participate in for the Tech program for the first time considering the fact that 2007 and 2008.
Lately, Weinberg was honored as a 2021 30 Beneath 30 Award winner by the American Volleyball Association (AVCA), an award created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching expertise at all stages of the sport.
1 month later on, the newly minted Tech connected head mentor was picked to stand for the United State on the earth stage of the sport, serving as the head mentor of the Usa women’s volleyball open up team at the 2022 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Weinberg ran with the opportunity to provide as the Maccabi USA’s women’s youth and open up women’s beach volleyball groups from April 2015 to January 2016. Following hand-picking out athletes from all through the continental United States, he guided equally teams to gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Game titles (an Olympics equal) in Santiago, Chile.
In advance of coming to Tech, Weinberg was an assistant mentor at UNLV, where he assisted the Runnin’ Rebels to the program’s very first-at any time at-substantial bid and gain in the NCAA Event in 2016. UNLV finished 24-8 that year with a software-superior No. 33 finish in the countrywide RPI.
Weinberg labored intensely with workforce protection, liberos and recruiting at UNLV, and the workforce finished both the 2016 and 2017 seasons ranked within just the top 70 plans in the nation in overall blocks. His 2017 recruiting class received an honorable mention honor from PrepVolleyball.
Weinberg attained his master’s diploma at Northwestern State University, in which he labored as a graduate assistant coach and movie coordinator for the volleyball group. The Lady Demons captured the program’s initially-ever Southland Conference event championship and NCAA Match berth in the 2014 year. Senior Mackenzie Neely was named the Southland Meeting Tournament’s MVP and obtained all-meeting initial-group honors.
Throughout Weinberg’s time at Northwestern Point out, the Lady Demons also ranked with the top rated 40 teams nationally in four statistical types: opponent hitting percentage, aces for each set, digs per set and blocks for every established.
He received the prospect to come to be the head mentor of Maccabi USA’s women’s youth and open up women’s beach volleyball groups from April 2015 to January 2016. Maccabi United states is a not-for-profit corporation that fields athletic teams composed of Jewish athletes. Weinberg hand-chosen athletes from throughout the continental United States and guided both equally teams to gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games (an Olympics equal) in Santiago, Chile.
Weinberg served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio, right after performing as a university student supervisor from Dec. 2008 to Sept. 2009. The Bobcats received 3 standard-time and 3 MAC convention championships to qualify for the NCAA Event. Concurrently, he was the president, head mentor and four-12 months starter for the Ohio men’s club volleyball group.
Photograph by Jim Dillon