Cambridge, Mass. (April 19) -- MIT men's and women's volleyball head coach Paul Dill has stepped down as the MIT men's volleyball head coach, but will remain in his position as the women's head coach. Assistant coach Mike Coniglione, who has been at MIT for the last two seasons with both the men's and women's programs, has been promoted to become the eighth head coach in the history of the MIT men's volleyball program.
"Other than our combined teams such as men and women's fencing or swimming and diving, Paul was one of our last coaches to lead two distinct programs in separate seasons," said Director of Athletics Julie Soriero. "The time seemed right to make this change. Paul and the team have a lot of confidence in Mike so it should be a relatively smooth transition in leadership. Paul has done a terrific job leading both programs and the respect our teams have had as competitors is a tribute to his dedication to both programs."
In 21 seasons with the MIT women's program, Dill has posted a 564-185 record while guiding his teams to 10 NCAA appearances, two ECAC Championships and a pair of NEWMAC titles. A two-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2016, he led the Engineers to the NEWMAC crown this season as the team finished with a record of 29-5 overall. Dill has never collected fewer than 20 wins in a season and has five 30-win seasons to his credit overall while also being named the AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year three times. On the men's side, Dill led the Engineers to the UVC Tournament this season, finishing with a record of 20-10 that included a victory over No. 1 ranked Springfield College. He finishes with a record of 328-132 and one NCAA Tournament appearance with the men's program since taking the reins in 2004.
"The past 14 seasons have been an amazing experience for me, and I am endlessly grateful for my time at the helm of the program and the time spent with so many players who have profoundly touched my life," said Dill. "I am confident that the men's team will be in good hands moving forward and look forward to watching them achieve even more success in the future."
A 2014 graduate of Endicott College, Coniglione has served as an assistant coach for the MIT men's and women's volleyball programs for the last two seasons. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in sport management with a minor in business administration, Coniglione was a member of the school's men's volleyball team, where he captained the Gulls during their back-to-back conference championship seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances. He was awarded with the school's Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given to a graduating senior based on their academic and athletic accomplishments. During the 2014-15 academic year, Coniglione served as an assistant coach with the Union College women's volleyball team, where he helped guide the Dutch to a 24-12 season and a Liberty League Tournament appearance. In addition to coaching at MIT, Coniglione is a Member Services supervisor at the school's Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center.
"I am both honored and excited to take over as head coach of the MIT Men's Volleyball program," said Coniglione. "Coach Dill has built one of the premier men's volleyball teams in New England and I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow the program. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with this talented group of student-athletes."
MIT: Paul Dill has stepped down as the MIT men's volleyball head coach and will remain as the women's volleyball head coach. Assistant coach Mike Coniglione has been named as the men's volleyball head coach, effective immediately.