FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW has named former Associate Head Coach Steve Florio as the new head coach of the program, after former head coach Kelley Hartley Hutton was named the IPFW Director of Athletics on Monday.
Florio has been at IPFW for 11 seasons, most recently as associate head coach. He has helped guide the program to a combined record of 220-101 during his time with the Mastodons, including NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2012.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Florio has had multiple items published in the AVCA Magazine “Coaching Volleyball” and his work can also be found on the ”Team Talk: Talking Your Way to Volleyball Success” DVD.
Since the summer of 1993, Florio has lent his experience to camps and clinics at the University of Illinois, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Syracuse, Hofstra, IPFW, the Premier Elite Camp, World Volleyball Training Center, and the Great Lakes High Performance Camp.
Prior to coming to IPFW, he served four years as assistant coach at Hofstra University. While there, he assisted in leading the Pride to two conference championships, and back-to-back NCAA appearances in 1999 and 2000.
Florio’s eight years of high school experience is highlighted by five years as the head coach of the boys varsity volleyball team for Division Ave./MacArthur High School in Levittown, N.Y. While there, Florio led the team to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2000 and a Nassau County Conference II-A Championship in 2003. After helping the team to the conference championship, Florio was named Conference Coach of the Year.
He played two years of volleyball at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College in 1994 and 1995 before transferring to NCAA Division I St. Francis College (Pa.) and playing two years for the Red Flash. At Nassau, he helped the Lions to a regional championship in 1994 and a runner-up spot in 1995. At St. Francis, Florio served as a defensive specialist for the Red Flash.
Florio received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Francis (Pa.) in 1998 and a master’s degree in secondary education from Dowling College in 2002.