On February 4, 2013, Mercy College Director of Athletics Patricia Kennedy announced the hiring of Kelly Wengerter as the volleyball team’s new head coach.
“We here at Mercy are very excited about the addition of Coach Kelly Wengerter,” Kennedy commented. “Her prior experience within Division II gives her a leg up on the job. She understands the NCAA’s Division II initiative and motto, and understands that the student-athlete’s success must be in the classroom, as well as on the court. I’m thrilled to bring her aboard and looking forward to seeing her contributions at the helm of the volleyball program.”
This will be Wengerter’s second collegiate head coaching position following stints at Division II American International College and Division III New Jersey City University. At AIC from 2008-2011, Wengerter led her squads to unprecedented success, including the program’s first-ever bid to the Division II NCAA Championships in 2010. The Yellow Jackets qualified for the NE-10 Championships each year as well. She coached two Northeast Freshmen of the Year and 11 other all-conference honorees. Wengerter also served as the AVCA Northeast-10 representative, Assistant NCAA Compliance Director and on the NE-10 Game-Tape Exchange and Conference Scheduling committees.
Prior to her time at AIC, Wengerter coached at New Jersey City, spending two years as an assistant and one season as head coach, over which time her teams compiled an incredible 61-14 record, including a 43-match home winning streak. The 2007 squad was undefeated in the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season and earned a bid to the ECAC South Tournament, while her 2006 team captured the school’s first ECAC South Tournament title. Wengerter also served as an assistant coach at Division III Montclair State University in 2005. She has spent several years coaching individual clinics and camps as well. Wengerter currently coaches the U-16 elite Cutshot Volleyball Club team, based in North Jersey.
A distinguished student-athlete at Lock Haven University, Wengerter was a member of three nationally ranked teams which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championships and were crowned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular season champions each year. Wengerter served as team captain in her junior and senior seasons.
Wengerter was also a graduate assistant in the Sports Information Department at New Jersey City and “Top 3” sales representative in 2004 and 2005 with Nets Sports and Entertainment LLC.
Wengerter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Administration with a minor in coaching at Lock Haven in 2005 and recently completed her Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration on elementary education at New Jersey City in 2013. She resides in Emerson, N.J.
Diana Bruzzone enters her second season as an assistant coach for the volleyball team under Head Coach Alan Clements at Mercy College.
Hailing from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Bruzzone returns to her alma mater, where she starred as a member of the volleyball team from 2005-08.
While Bruzzone’s coaching experience is limited to the Half Moon Volleyball Club/GEVA Tournaments in 2007, she has extensive experience as a player at the collegiate, state and national levels.
While at Mercy, Bruzzone earned numerous awards, including several Rookie and Player of the Week awards, the Mercy College Model of Consistency award in 2008 and being named to the NCAA All-Academic team in 2007 and 2008 and several All-Tournament teams.
Prior to her career at Mercy, Bruzzone participated in youth tournaments in Argentina (2003) and Peru (2004) for the Ecuador state volleyball team and was a member of the Ecuador National team, playing in several championships across South America in 2005.
Bruzzone is pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy from Mercy College and expects to graduate in 2013.