Now entering his seventh season at the helm, Evin Giglio has put the Wentworth Institute of Technology men’s volleyball team in the national spotlight in a short period of time.
Giglio took the fifth-ranked Leopards to new heights in the 2017 season. After capturing their second straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference title, Wentworth advanced to the NCAA semifinal round for the first time in program history, topping an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2016. The quarterfinal victory on the national level established both a program record for wins in a season for and consecutive victories (11), as the Leopards swept No. 12 Juniata. Giglio was named as the GNAC Coach of the Year after the standout season, the Leopards saw four players reach AVCA All-America status, and eight players received All-Conference honors, including an Offensive Player of the Year nod.
In Giglio’s first season – which coincided with the Leopards’ first campaign in the GNAC – he guided the Black & Gold to a 13-16 finish and a fourth-place finish in the league. Wentworth faced a challenging non-conference schedule and would play a total of five teams which were nationally ranked at one point in the season, including national champion Springfield College.
The 2013 season saw the Leopards enjoy a solid start out of the gates with a 9-4 record and would enjoy a five-match win streak in the latter half of the season. Wentworth finished third in the GNAC and, for the second straight season, hosted a post-season contest. The Leopards, who finished 20-11, reached the 20-win mark for the second time in three seasons, and earn the program’s second ECAC Tournament berth in three seasons. In the ECAC Tournament, Wentworth swept Elmira in the semifinals before falling to host Sage Colleges in the finals.
A strong recruiting class helped the Leopards take another step towards national recognition in 2014 as Wentworth enjoyed its finest season to-date. The Black & Gold, who started the season 7-0 for the first time in program history and were 12-2 after 14 matches, finished with a 27-8 record and captured the ECAC Championship after rallying from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Stevenson, 3-2. Wentworth enjoyed numerous signature wins during the season, including downing Emmanuel and Rivier in consecutive matches and ended the regular season on a 10-match win streak. The Leopards earned a bye in the GNAC Tournament before falling in the semifinals. Giglio, who was named as a AVCA Thirty Under 30 recipient, was the GNAC Coach of the Year and six of his players earned All-GNAC honors.
The 2015 season saw the Leopards finish 23-9 and earn a trip to the GNAC semifinals for the second consecutive season. During the season Wentworth had a six-match win streak which included a 3-1 win at fifth-ranked Springfield. This win helped the Leopards earn their first appearance in the AVCA Division III Top 15 for the first time since the 2001 season and the Black & Gold stayed ranked for seven consecutive seasons, in addition to being regionally ranked by the NCAA. While the Leopards saw their run at a GNAC title end with a semifinal loss at eventual GNAC champion Lasell, Wentworth earned its second straight ECAC Tournament berth where the Leopards defeated Southern Vermont in the semifinals before falling to host Stevenson in the finals. Six players earned All-GNAC honors, including Sean Mullen who was tabbed as the league’s rookie of the year.
The 2016 campaign saw Giglio take the Leopards to new heights as Wentworth captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships for the first time in program history. The GNAC Championship was not without drama, however, as Wentworth rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Emmanuel, 3-2, in the semifinals, and battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Rivier, 3-2, in the finals. By virtue of the conference championship, Wentworth earned the program’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, and, in front of a home crowd, defeated Hunter, 3-0, in the first round. The Leopards battled top-ranked, top-seeded, and eventual national champion SUNY New Paltz in the national quarterfinals, however dropped a 3-1 decision to finish the season 23-9 for a second consecutive season. Six members of the program were named All-GNAC, including Alex Potts, who became the program’s first-ever AVCA Division III All-American and led all of Division III in hitting percentage. Wentworth was nationally ranked for a majority of the season, finishing the season No. 11, the highest ranking in program history.
Prior to arriving at Wentworth in the fall of 2011 Giglio served as an Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at Austin Peay University during the 2010 season where he primarily worked with the middle blockers as well as assisting with practice planning, player evaluation, scouting reports, film breakdown, team travel, and gameday operations. The Governors enjoyed their best record in 18 seasons, going 25-7 (14-4 Ohio Valley Conference) won their first OVC Championship since 1991 and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
Giglio was involved with the men's volleyball program at Springfield College for two seasons. As a junior, he appeared in seven matches and helped the Pride to a 14-10 record and a berth in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association – a Division I men's volleyball conference – Quarterfinals. A year later he was a student assistant for the Pride, helping them to a 20-11 record and the sixth Molten Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship in program history. He graduated from Springfield in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in communication/sports journalism.
Before transferring Springfield, Giglio played two seasons for Moorpark (Calif.) College where he was a starting middle blocker and served as a team captain. He recorded 12 blocks in a match, which still stands as a program record. In addition to playing for the Raiders, he was also a student assistant for the women's team. He earned an Associate's degree from Moorpark in 2008. In 2018, he earned a Master's Degree from Concordia University-Irvine in Coaching and Athletic Administration.
Giglio also serves as the Leopards' head women's volleyball coach and is an equipment and facilities assistant in the department.
|2013||Wentworth||20||11||.645||GNAC Tournament; ECAC Finalist|
|2014||Wentworth||27||8||.771||GNAC Tournament; GNAC Coach of the Year; ECAC Champions|
|2015||Wentworth||23||9||.719||GNAC Tournament; ECAC Finalist|
|2016||Wentworth||23||9||.719||GNAC Champions; NCAA Quarterfinalist|
|2017||Wentworth||28||7||.800||GNAC Champions; NCAA Semifinalist|