Patty Giannattasio has over 20 years head coaching experience in Connecticut on the club, scholastic, and collegiate levels. A veteran at running camps and clinics, her desire has always been to promote the great sport of volleyball to young athletes in her home state of Connecticut.
Giannattasio was a scholarship athlete at Division I University of Rhode Island where she was a four year starter and two-year captain. Primarily a setter, Patty received sound technical training throughout her URI days which have provided her with a solid foundation from which to teach and train athletes. Upon graduation, Patty returned to her hometown of Milford, Conn. where she coached at Jonathan Law HS for two years.
Giannattasio then moved to Southeastern Conn. and started coaching locally at Fitch HS. In 1993, she was hired to start the women’s volleyball program at Mitchell College. After their inaugural season, the then “Pequots” were NJCAA Region 21 champions three years in a row, and Giannattasio received Coach of the Year honors all three years. During her time at Mitchell, she was also Regional Club Coordinator for Connecticut Juniors.
In 1997, Giannattasio left Mitchell to take over the Women’s Volleyball program at NCAA Division III U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In her ten years at USCGA, the team earned bids to the NCAA tournament in 1997 and 2006, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2006. They won the ECAC North postseason tournament in 2002 and 2005. In addition, Giannattasio received conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2006 and was recognized by the New England Women’s Volleyball Association.
At the Coast Guard Academy, Giannattasio recruited student athletes nationally. With her most recent job in college admissions, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and insight to collegiate athletic recruiting and admissions processes. Having personally experienced the rigors of Division I athletics, Giannattasio enjoys helping female athletes in their search for the best fit for them athletically and academically at the collegiate level. She resigned from USCGA Volleyball after the 2006 season and returned to scholastic coaching with Connecticut Velocity Volleyball for three years. Currently, Giannattasio is proud to be the parent of a collegiate athlete and is enjoying her time in the stands!
Awards and Affiliations:
USA Volleyball Cap Level II Certification
Inductee State of Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame Inductee
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame
Member-American Volleyball Coaches Association
Member-Positive Coaching Alliance
Former Advisor and Camp Clinician, Fellowship of Christian Athletes