New head coach Andrew Palileo and senior outside hitter Courtney Windham preview the upcoming season.
Head coach Andrew Palileo (paw-leh-lay-oh) begins his second year with the North Texas volleyball program following a 17-15 first season that saw the Mean Green come within a few points of the Conference USA semifinal round.
In his first year, Palileo guided NT through its first year in C-USA and saw two players, sophomore Carnae Dillard and senior Karissa Flack, named to the all-conference team, while setter Amy Henard was named to the all-freshman squad.
He arrived in Denton for his first season from Ohio State where he was an assistant coach for two years bringing an extensive resume of experience at the Big-10 and Pac-12 levels to the Mean Green. His most recent head coaching position was at Washington State from 2008-2010. While in Pullman, Wash., Palileo took the Cougars to the NCAA tournament in 2009, their first trip in seven years. He also received the Pac-12 Coach of the Year award that same season.
Before heading to Washington State, Palileo was head coach for seven years at South Dakota State where he gathered 154 wins and 86 losses. He was named the 2007 Summit League Coach of the Year, when the South Dakota State Jacks were the Summit League regular season and tournament champions and made the first trip in school history to the NCAA Championship Tournament that fall. Palileo's crew broke or tied 23 team or individual records during 2007.
Prior to South Dakota State, Palileo was the head volleyball coach at Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.), where he had an 85-53 record in four seasons, the best four-year mark in school history. While at Bethel, he produced eight first-team All-Conference players, a first-team All-American and two academic All-Americans.
Palileo also coached the Club SoDa 18s volleyball team in Brookings, S.D., from 2002-2008, and was the Heartland Adidas Select Volleyball Program 18s head coach for five years in Minneapolis, Minn. He served as the director of the Crosstown Junior Olympics at Edina High (Minn.) from 1993-97, and he was the JV coach at Waconia (Minn.) High from 1986-90. A highly-regarded clinician, Palileo has also been the head coach of the Midwest Volleyball Instructor Elite Camps since 1997.
A graduate of Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), Palileo received his bachelor of arts degree in missiology in 1991 and a bachelor of arts degree in social science/secondary education in 1995. He went on to earn a masters degree in educational leadership from Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.) in 2000.
Palileo and his wife, Wendy, have three sons, Ashton, Austin and A.J., and one daughter, Alyvia.