PLATTEVILLE, Wis.-UW-Platteville Athletics and head volleyball coach Samantha Birkicht announce the addition of Nick Pinnola as the assistant coach for the Pioneers.
Pinnola joins the Pioneers after serving as the graduate assistant at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa from 2015-16. He assisted head coach April Elsbernd in leading the Spartan's volleyball program through two of the best seasons in the last decade. In addition to coaching, Pinnola instructed as an adjunct professor at Dubuque while teaching Volleyball Coaching Methods.
Outside of collegiate volleyball, Pinnola enjoys offering volleyball opportunities to the Dubuque area's youth. He served as one of three directors for Tri-State Performance VBC from 2016-18. The club averaged 13 teams with 100 players and 25 coaches. Prior to Tri-State Performance, Pinnola coached a 12U team in Dubuque from 2015-16 and led the 14U boys team of Southport VBC in Kenosha, Wisconsin to a USAV 15th in the nation finish. Prior to that, Pinnola coached two seasons at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha.
Pinnola started his coaching career at Bradford High School in Kenosha while coaching the boy's volleyball team from 2010-14. During that time, he coached the junior varsity team for three years and the varsity team for two years. In his second season, he led the team to the program's first number one seed in the playoffs.
A graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Pinnola received his BA in Social Sciences and Education in 2013. He went on to complete his MBA at University of Dubuque in 2017. Pinnola lives in Dubuque with his wife, Ellen.