Menlo School looks to Italy for its new girls volleyball coach


Menlo School has hired longtime Italian national team, professional and juniors coach Marco Paglialunga as its new girls volleyball coach.

Paglialunga joins the Knights with an impressive range of coaching experience in all levels -- from youth to pro volleyball. He began his coaching career in 2002 with a junior national team, and spent eight years with the Italian national team, including four at clubs in the Italian Professional League.

"Marco has proven technical expertise and a passion for developing and mentoring student-athletes that will serve him well in his new role," Menlo Director of Athletics Kris Weems said. "I am confident in Marco's ability to establish strong connections throughout the Knights program while providing an outstanding experience for our student-athletes."

Paglialunga has enjoyed tremendous coaching success at several different levels in Italy as well as extensive work with the Italian Federation girls U16, U23 and junior national teams. His teams have collected two World Championships, five Italian Championships and seven International Medals.

Relatively new to the United States, Paglialunga has been working as a college recruiting director and head coach for the Academy of Volleyball Club since July.

Top coach

Menlo-Atherton cross-country coach Eric Wilmurt has been named one of 135 finalists nationwide for the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award. There were more than 2,400 nominations nationwide.

Wilmurt was named a SF Bay Area Chapter Winner for Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award.

PCA annually honors youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, who strives to win, while also pursuing the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

The 50 National Double-Goal Coach Award winners will be announced on March 11.

— Menlo School Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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