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May 15, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head volleyball coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton has announced the selection of Matt Ginipro as assistant volleyball coach. Ginipro joins the Virginia coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi this past season.

Prior to serving as an assistant coach at Mississippi during the 2000 season, Ginipro spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. At Mississippi, Ginipro was responsible for coaching the outside hitters and primary passers as well as serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He helped Ole Miss earn one eight spots in the SEC Tournament after the Lady Rebels won only one conference match during the 1999 season.

At Virginia Tech, Ginipro served as the first assistant coach for the 1997, 1998 and 1999 seasons. He was the second assistant coach in 1996. His duties at Virginia Tech included coaching the setters, right-side hitters and coordinating the team’s sideout offense. He also acted as recruiting coordinator and assisted in practice planning, opponent scouting, scheduling, travel, game management and program administration. He also started VolleyBoosters, the Virginia Tech Volleyball booster club during the summer of 1998.

Prior to his appointment a Virginia Tech, Ginipro spent the 1995 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Radford University. In addition to his coaching duties, Ginipro also worked in the Office of New Student Programs as a graduate assistant. He was responsible for the management of the SORTS program, which helps academically suspended students.

A Smithtown, N.Y., native, Ginipro graduated from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. He earned a master’s degree in counselor education with a concentration in student affairs administration/college student development from Radford in 1996. While at Virginia Tech, Ginipro was a member of the school’s men’s club volleyball team. He served as captain and coach for three seasons and helped lead the Hokies to the 1992 and 1993 Collegiate Club Championships as the starting setter. Virginia Tech finished the 1993 season ranked 15th nationally.

Ginipro has also been involved with club volleyball and instructional clinics. He served as coach and club director of New River Valley Juniors, a Junior Olympic Volleyball club based out of Blacksburg, Va. from 1994-1998. He was also a clinician at the Ole Miss Team Camp in 2000 and the Virginia Tech Volleyball Summer Camps from 1994-1999.

Ginipro is married to the former Roxanne Furey of Blacksburg, Va., and the couple has one daughter, Kirsten Nicole, who is three, and are expecting another child in early September.

“I have known Matt for some time and am confident he will be an excellent addition to our staff. His experiences as a coach compliment the strengths of our existing staff, making our program stronger. I am looking forward to working with him over the next several years,” said Shelton.

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