STORRS, Conn. -- Ed Tolentino, a 1997 graduate of Detroit Mercy, has been named as an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Connecticut, as announced by head coach Kris Grunwald on Wednesday.
Tolentino, who boasts 17 years of college coaching experience, joins the staff after two seasons at Morehead State. In addition to his time with the Eagles, he served as the head coach at Oakland University (Mich.) for three seasons and also completed assistant stints at Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Madonna (Mich.).
The Detroit, Mich. native will coach alongside second-year leader Grunwald, as well assistant coach Ellen Herman. In addition to his duties on the court, Tolentino will assist the program in recruiting, as well as aid in the completion of administrative activities.
"I am extremely excited to have an opportunity to have Ed join the Husky family," said Grunwald. "I have known Ed for 15 years and have been fortunate to call him a friend, as well as a colleague. We have worked with each other at various camps throughout the country and I have always been impressed with his dynamic personality and ability to establish relationships. We feel we have something special brewing here in Storrs so it was important for us to hire someone who can embrace that vision. Ed will bring great knowledge and energy to our gym, a far reaching and relentless approach to our recruiting, and most importantly, we gain a quality individual which everyone involved in our program will benefit from working with."
"I'm excited to join Kris and Ellen on the staff," Tolentino said. "UConn has a tremendous program and with the resources we have, I believe we can do great things. I'm excited to start this next chapter in my life."
He joined the Morehead State staff in the 2013 campaign, helping the team win its 12th overall Ohio Volleyball Conference championships and fourth-straight regular season conference crown. Following the season, he was promoted to associate head coach.
He served four seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech, where he mentored three players who earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America nods. The Yellow Jackets compiled 72 wins during his tenure and earned an NCAA Tournament invite in 2009.
Prior to his time in Atlanta, he spent three seasons on the staff at Madonna, where he helped guide the Crusaders to 108 victories, three NAIA national championship berths and three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference titles. He mentored six all-America honorees, three conference Players of the Year, one Libero of the Year, and one Freshman of the Year.
Tolentino served as an interim assistant volleyball coach at the University of Michigan in 2005, where he assisted in player development and recruiting while coordinating scouting reports.
He joined the staff of Premier Volleyball and M-Junior Volleyball in January, 2005, serving as head trainer for Premier for four years and director of M-Juniors for the last three.
Before joining the staff at Premier Volleyball, Tolentino was an assistant coach at Michigan State University, where he assisted with all aspects of the program, including coordinating travel and scouting reports while assisting in development and recruiting.
His stint in East Lansing came after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, where he helped guide the Eagles to a pair of MAC Tournament appearances and a 27-7 record in 2002.
After spending two years (1997-98) as an assistant coach at Oakland University, Tolentino was promoted to head coach - a position he held for three seasons before joining the Eastern Michigan volleyball staff.
Tolentino began his coaching career at Bishop Foley High School in Madison Heights, Mich., where he served as the head varsity volleyball coach from 1994-96. He was a brief member of the Cranbrook Kingswood volleyball staff in early 1997 before earning his first collegiate coaching role at Oakland later the same year.
Between his assistant and head coaching positions at Oakland, Tolentino spent 10 months as a certified athletic trainer with the Detroit Tigers' Gulf Coast League team. He is currently a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
Tolentino began his college playing career as a setter and defensive specialist at Macomb College before transferring to the University of Detroit Mercy, where he earned his degree in sports medicine in 1997.
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