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Marcus Manning, vice president for athletics and recreation, named Nikki Naccarato as the new head coach of the Maryville University Saints volleyball program. She has coached the past two years at Regis College in Weston, Mass.
“In Nikki, we have found a talented individual who is a natural-born leader of people, has embraced the opportunity and accepted the challenge of building a program at Maryville University,” Manning said.
“I am extremely honored and excited to assume the role of head women’s volleyball coach at Maryville University,” Naccarato said. “I immediately felt at home on campus and loved the sense of pride that exuded from each person I met. I am ready to join Saints Nation and begin working with this great group of women to take the volleyball program to new heights.”
Naccarato was the interim head women’s head volleyball coach at Regis during the 2016 season and served as the interim coach for the men’s program heading into the 2017 campaign. She helped guide the Pride women to a 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament bid after winning the New England Collegiate Conference tournament title for the third straight season. Naccarato also coached the NECC Rookie of the Year. In 2015, she worked as the assistant coach at Regis and helped coach the women to its second consecutive NECC championship. Naccarato also helped lead the men’s program to the conference semifinals. She was named a recipient of the 2016 AVCA Diversity Award.
As a player, Naccarato was the setter and libero at Division II American International College in Springfield, Mass. She finished her career with 739 assists, 311 digs and earned Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition all four years. Naccarato also played for the AIC lacrosse team. She earned the AIC Outstanding Sophomore Award and was selected to the 2014 Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Squad.
Naccarato graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology while also minoring in sports administration at AIC. She was the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years and is still a member of the college’s alumni board. A native of Wellington, Fla., Naccarato is enrolled in the master’s degree program of organizational and professional communications at Regis and anticipates a May 2017 completion.