Geno Frugoli Rounds Out Volleyball Coaching Staff
Former Volunteer Coach Returns To Mean Green
DENTON - North Texas volleyball head coach Andrew Palileo completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Geno Frugoli as associate head coach for the Mean Green. Frugoli will serve as the recruiting coordinator and work primarily with the outside hitters.
Frugoli returns to Denton after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for North Texas during Palileo's first year at the helm. He replaces Vinh Nguyen, who coached the Mean Green for three seasons before accepting the head coaching position at Hartford.
"I'm excited to be working with Geno again," Palileo said. "We go back 17 years from our days in South Dakota. He did a great job as a volunteer here working with our blockers and outsides. He has done a great job of turning programs around at his various head coaching positions and he knows the regional landscape for recruiting."
A Las Vegas native, Frugoli comes to North Texas after eight months as the director of the Vegas Velocity Volleyball Club. Prior to that, he spent three years as the director and head coach of the Dynasty Volleyball Academy and Community Center in Kansas City.
A 14-year collegiate coaching veteran, Frugoli last coached at the NCAA level at Southeastern Louisiana, where he led the Lions to their most wins since 2004 with 12 in 2013.
Prior to SELU, Frugoli spent four seasons as head coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City, gradually building the program into a competitor in the Summit League. In Frugoli's third season on the sidelines, he steered the Kangaroos to a 10-8 mark in league play, tying the school record for most conference wins.
From 2004-07, Frugoli was the assistant coach and primary recruiter at Baylor, where he helped bring in seven players that were ranked among the top 150 and the No. 1 player in Texas. The Bears' 2006 class received national acclaim as it was tabbed the No. 16 ranked class in the country.
During his time on the sidelines, Frugoli helped the Bears increase their RPI from 196 to 32 in 2006. He helped the squad to several victories over top-25 programs.
In 2003, Frugoli started the first men's volleyball program in Nebraska at Peru State College, and his team was ranked No. 7 in the nation when he departed.
He was also in charge of the women's program that was the conference runner-up with a 12-6 record in 2003 and advanced to the first Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference championship appearance in school history. Frugoli coached one honorable mention all-America selection, four all-conference selections and three Academic all-Americans.
From 2000-03, Frugoli was head coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he led his team to a top-10 NAIA regional ranking. He coached six all-conference players, one all-region selection and five academic all-Americans in his three seasons.
Frugoli also coached at the high school and club levels in Las Vegas from 1993-2000, including serving as director of operations of All Sport Las Vegas Volleyball Club, Nevada's largest club program. He compiled a 82-28 overall record during his time at Las Vegas High School and was named the conference's coach of the year after his men's team won the 1999 conference championship.
Frugoli received a bachelor's degree in business administration from UNLV in 1992 and a bachelor's degree in education in 1996. He also earned his master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Sioux Falls in 2002.