Coaching Staff respectively. They rank in second and third place in the CCSU Record Book. During the 2003 campaign, Sagnelli and the Blue Devils posted a 21-9 record and advanced to the finals of the Northeast Conference tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Blue Devils, who hosted the tournament in 2003, entered as the second seed and eventually lost to Robert Morris in the finals. Three of Sagnelli’s players were named to the All-NEC teams and two earned Academic All-District recognition. She was named the 2003 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. Sagnelli’s impression on the Blue Devils program was an immediate one. She took only two seasons to post the school’s first winning record in eight seasons by finishing 17-14 in 2001. Central capped Sagnelli’s inaugural campaign in 2000 with a trip to the Northeast Conference Volleyball Championships after an absence in 1999. On the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson, the Blue Devils recorded their first-ever NEC tournament match victory, a 3-0 win over FDU. In just her second season at the CCSU helm, Sagnelli brought the 2001 Blue Devils to the top of the Northeast Conference. That season, Central went into the NEC Championship as the top seed, and Sagnelli earned her first Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honor. The Northeast Conference coaches also selected Cote, a freshman at the time, to the All-NEC First Team, and seniors Sarah Haase and Sara Winchell, along with freshman Shannon Verity, to the All-NEC Second Team. In 2002, CCSU, which recorded double-digit victories for the third straight season, narrowly missed the NEC Championships, though the Blue Devils’ one-two punch of Cote and Verity received All-NEC Second Team honors. Previously, Sagnelli achieved a measure of success during a 14-year career as the head coach at Iona. At Iona, she compiled a 126-184 (.406) mark and remains the only coach in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to be named Coach of the Year in two different sports, winning the honor in volleyball and softball. One of the highlights of her softball coaching career at Iona, which spanned from 1985-1996, was her 1992 selection as the MAAC Softball Coach of the Year. She followed that up in 1994 with a MAAC Volleyball Coach of the Year award. Sagnelli wore a variety of hats while at Iona, serving four years as an assistant athletic director and eleven as the school’s senior women’s administrator. She was responsible for overseeing all of the Gaels’ women’s athletic programs and served as an advisor and mentor to the women’s coaching staff. She also directed Iona’s intramurals program and served as chairwoman of the MAAC Crew Championship Committee and on the MAAC Marketing Committee. Sagnelli served a three-year term as a member of the Regional Ranking Committee for the Mideast Region and is currently a member of the Regional All-America committee for the Mideast region. Her athletic background includes being named MVP of a Division I/Division II AIAW Regional Championship as a senior in 1982. That fall, Sagnelli and her C.W. Post teammates appeared in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top-10 with a record of 47-5. in the spring of that year, she participated in the 1983 Nationals as a starter for The Windchimes, an open-level national team. Sagnelli was inducted into the C.W. Post Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Sagnelli, who has international playing experience as a member of a United States team that competed in Sweden for The Viking Cup, resides in Madison, CT, with her husband, John, and their children, Matthew and Erin.
Assistant Coach • Ninth Season • CCSU ’03
Greg Shell begins his seventh season as the top assistant on the Blue Devil staff and his ninth overall. Prior to serving as an assistant, the 2003 CCSU graduate(B.S. Ed - English) held a managerial position on the team. The 1995 graduate of Torrington High School began his coaching career as a volunteer for the 1996-98 boys and girls volleyball teams at his alma mater. In 1999 and 2000, Shell was an assistant coach at Terryville High School, where he helped guide the squad to the Class S final in his second year. He also assisted with the girls basketball team at Terryville High in 2000 and 2001. In the spring of 2002, Shell joined the staff at Lewis Mills High School as an assistant coach with the boys volleyball program. While there, he helped guide the team past the state semifinals for the first time. They appeared in the state title game in back-to-back seasons. In addition to his high school coaching, Shell has coached in the Connecticut Juniors Volleyball program and has served as a head court coach at the Volleyball Achievement Camp and Shoreline Developmental Volleyball Camp for the past six years.
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Published on Oct 6, 2010