Michelle Piantadosi begins her first season as the assistant coach for the ETSU volleyball program.
Piantadosi, a former All-American at the University of Tennessee and professional indoor and beach volleyball player, started her coaching career in 2006 at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She spent four seasons at NSU and was primarily responsible for recruiting and the development of the outside and middle hitters. Piantadosi was identified by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as one of the “30 best coaches in the country under the age of 30,” after a second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament in 2009.
In 2008, Piantadosi helped guide the Sharks to achieve their best season in program history. Not only did she coach NSU to their second consecutive NCAA Division II berth, but NSU captured its first ever NCAA South Regional Title reaching as far as the NCAA Elite 8 to advance further than any team in program history.
In 2007, the Sharks had a 15-win improvement over the previous year, a second place finish in the competitive Sunshine State Conference, and the program’s first berth and win in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In her first season in 2006, the Sharks notched 11 victories, which eclipsed the win total of the previous two seasons combined.
Piantadosi arrived at Nova Southeastern following a stellar four-year career at the University of Tennessee, where she was a two-year captain. During her time with the Lady Vols, she was a four-year starter and earned Honorable Mention All-American honors after her senior season, while also being selected to the USA Volleyball A2 team. In 2004, Piantadosi guided the Lady Vols to a number of accomplishments, including winning a Southeastern Conference regular-season title and an SEC Tournament championship that same season. A couple of weeks after being crowned SEC champions, UT won a pair of NCAA Tournament matches for the initial time in Tennessee annals and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 20 years.
Following her career at UT, Piantadosi extended her playing career by playing professionally in Salzburg, Austria and San Juan, Puerto Rico competing for one season with each team. Since 2008 Piantadosi’s most recent professional endeavors were found in beach volleyball playing in several AVP tournaments all over the nation.
During her collegiate and professional careers, she held various coaching positions such as heading up a high school team in Austria as well as working three years at the UT summer volleyball camps and two years with Coach Devine at the ETSU camps.
A native of Boca Raton Florida, Piantadosi holds a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern University.