Jojit Coronel enters his first season with the Mountaineers in 2016, coming to Morgantown from Lubbock, Texas, where he spent six seasons on the staff at Big 12 foe Texas Tech.
Coronel most recently served as the interim head coach for the Red Raiders, after serving as the associate head coach from 2013-15. He joined the TTU staff in 2011 as an assistant coach. Coronel worked primarily with the middle hitters and setters, and also was responsible for defensive schemes. He also served as Tech’s primary scout, producing scouting reports and tracking both team and individual statistics. The Red Raiders made great strides during his tenure in Lubbock, as libero Rachel Brummitt broke TTU’s all-time digs mark and earned both Big 12 and AVCA honors under Coronel’s tutelage. In addition, Coronel assisted with Tech’s recruiting efforts and was the co-director of volleyball summer camps.
Prior to his time at Texas Tech, Coronel spent 11 seasons as the head coach at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Compiling a 176-153 mark at GWU, Coronel led the Colonials to six trips to the Atlantic-10 Championships. He guided the squad to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, winning both A-10 and AVCA Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2000 before posting three 20-win seasons in D.C. Prior to his promotion, he served as an assistant coach during the 1999 season at George Washington.
Like Sunahara, Coronel got his start in the men’s game. He was an assistant coach at Pacific in Stockton, California, from 1995-99, and was the head coach at the University of California at Santa Cruz from 1993-95.
Coronel has strong ties to USA Volleyball, serving as the head coach for the Girls’ High Performance Teams in both the Sun County and Chesapeake regions as well as several positions with the men’s World University Games teams. He also has been a member of the NCAA Northeast Regional and All-American Committees.
A native of Los Angeles, Coronel was a standout setter and defensive specialist at UC-Santa Cruz. He led the Banana Slugs to a pair Pacific Coast Volleyball Association titles and a 74-42 record before graduating with a degree in political science in 1995.
Coronel is joined in Morgantown by his wife, Kimberly, and sons, Ethan and Drew.