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Patricia Gandolfo


Coach Patricia Gandolfo joins the Loudoun Elite Coaching Staff in the season 2018/19 as our Recruiting Coordinator. With a briliant career at the University of West Florida, coach Gandolfo brings a great and vast knowledge of the college volleyball world and will help our players to get started with their college volleyball careers. 

Coach Gandolfo received the AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award 2017-2018, lives in Florida, but she meets with our Loudoun Elite families in person every January, helping them with all the recruiting questions and building the recruiting profile of our players, as well as guiding them through the process remotely during the whole season. 



University of West Florida (UWF): 2010 - 2018
Overall: 217 - 64 (Gulf South Conference (GSC) 123 - 11)
- 6 years ranked in the Top 25 AVCA Coaches Poll
- 25 AVCA All-Region Team
- Sweet Sixteen (2010, 2012 and 2017)
- 4 GSC Player of the Year
- 8 Straight NCAA Regional Appearances
- 5 GSC Most Outstanding Player
- 21 NCAA Division II South Region All-Tournament Team
- 20 GSC All-Tournament Team   
- 1 South Regional Freshman of the Year
- 36 All-GSC Team
- 5 GSC Championships
- 7 GSC All-Academic Team
- 1 Hall of Fame inductee
- 1 GSC Freshman Player of the Year
- AVCA Thirty under 30 Award recipient
- 13 AVCA All-Americans
Assistant Volleyball Coach/Marketing Coordinator: July 2012 - 2018
Assistant Coach: January 2010 – 2018
University of West Florida - Intercollegiate Athletics: Pensacola, FL
  • Collaborate in preparation, planning, and management of program’s budget
  • Comply with NCAA requirements in connection with the head coach, for identifying and assessing potential player prospects for the program
  • Assist in building a volleyball program that shapes the athletes into not only being great players, but also ready to achieve their goals after college
    • Invest time in building team culture by providing leadership meetings
    • Set up different team bonding activities that involve physical and mental training
  • Plan and organize recruiting trips and team travel, including all paperwork for approximately 20 people
  • Assist with daily practice planning, player development, scouting reports and game planning
  • Designed competitive cauldron to analyze practice and match sets to determine player positional ranking
  • Supervise a graduate assistant and student assistants by delegating tasks and teaching the needs of a volleyball program
  • Organize and direct UWF Summer Camps, as well as manage the camp website and registration software
  • Edit game footage and create team highlight videos
  • Hosted opening weekend tournaments with up to 12 teams
  • Coordinate Middle Blockers training, and experience training Outside/Right Side Hitters, Setters and Liberos
    • 6 of 15 All-Americans were Middle Blockers trained under my coaching
  • Design camp/clinic fliers and all game and practice uniforms
  • Fundraised $44,000 for European playing tour (July 2015)
  • Local organizing committee for NCAA Division II 2017 National Championship Tournament and NCAA Division I Beach Championship
  • Director, UWF Volleyball Camps: July 2010 – present
  • Volunteered with USA Youth National Team: July 2013
    • First time Youth National Team earns a medal at the World Championship
  • Coach, University of Tampa Summer Camp: July 2010 - 2012
  • Director, Ace Volleyball Camps LLC: July 2010 - 2011
  • Coach, Auburn University Summer Camp: July 2010 - 2011 
  • Coach, Florida Southern College Summer Camp: June 2011
  • Coach, Camp Director at Early County High School, Blakely, GA: June 2011
  • Coach, University of North Alabama Summer Camp: June 2009
  • Head Coach, 17-1s Volleyball Pensacola: Spring 2012
  • Assistant Coach, 17-1s Volleyball Pensacola: Spring 2009
  • Assistant Coach, 15-1s Grizzlies Volleyball Club: Spring 2008
  • Assistant Coach, 16-1s Grizzlies Volleyball Club: Spring 2007
2017 MSU-WP Hall of Fame Inductee
2017-2018 AVCA Thirty Under 30 recipient                                             
2011 AVCA Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship recipient                       
2010 GSC All-Decade Team
2009 NCAA Third Team All-America                                                                 
2009 GSC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week3 times GSC 2009 Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
2008 3 times GSC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week                
2008 GSC New Comers Team                        
2008 All-Regional Team
2008 All-GSC First Team
2008 All-Academic Conference Team
2008 All-Regional Academic Team
2007 Grizzly Volleyball Athlete of the Year
2007 NJCAA and AVCA Second Team All-American
2006-2007 NJCAA All-Regional Team, and All-Conference Team
2006-2007 Conference Academic Honor
2006 NJCAA and AVCA First Team All-American
Masters in Exercise Science and Community Health - Physical Education and Human Performance, Currently pursuing, graduating in December, 2018 
University of West Florida
Most Outstanding Student of the Year (2018)
Bachelor of Communication Arts, 2011
Major: Advertising, Minor: Marketing
University of West Florida: 2008 - 2009
Overall: 54 - 21 (GSC 20 - 2)
Associate of Arts, 2008
Major: General Studies
Missouri State University – West Plains: 2006 - 2007
Overall: 72 - 20