J.T. Wenger
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: UCLA '04
Phone: 303-492-4527
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J.T. (Jonathan) Wenger is in his fourth year as an assistant for the CU Volleyball program, joining the staff on February 8, 2012. He was promoted to associate head coach in March of 2014.

Wenger has helped build the program and the Buffs have seen a great deal of success since his arrival in 2012. During the last two seasons, the Buffs have compiled a 38-28 record, 20-14 in 2014 and 18-14 in 2013, and have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for two straight years. CU has also worked its way up in the Pac-12 ranks. The Buffs tied for 10th in 2012 (4-16), were tied for seventh in 2013 (9-11) and in 2014 (11-9), CU tied for fourth.

Colorado has also gained national attention, receiving its first AVCA Coaches Poll ranking since 2005 in 2014. The Buffs entered the rankings at No. 21 on Nov. 3 after defeating No. 15 Arizona and No. 19 Arizona State on the road. CU’s highest ranking of the season was 18th. The Buffs recorded five wins against ranked opponents, including three on the road.

The Buffs finished 2014 with a 12-4 record at the Coors Events Center. CU swept No. 14 Arizona and handed No. 2 Washington its first loss of the season. The Buffs narrowly lost to top-ranked Stanford in five sets.

The 2013 season was a huge step for the Buffs. CU recorded its first win against a ranked opponent (No. 11 UCLA) since 2008 and knocked off two other top-25 teams during the season (No. 1 Washington and No. 25 Arizona). The win against UW was CU’s second against a top-ranked opponent in CU history.

Wenger joined the CU program after six seasons with the UCLA men's volleyball team. While coaching at UCLA he served as an assistant under legendary men's coach Al Scates, who retired after his 50th season in 2012. Scates is the winningest coach in Division I volleyball history and directed the Bruins to 19 NCAA Championships.

The AVCA recognized Wenger twice as one of its 30 Under 30 coaching list, honoring him in 2009 and again in 2010. This award was created in 2009 to honor thirty of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game.

Wenger has worked with USA Volleyball. In 2011 he was an assistant coach for the USA Men's World University Games. During the summer of 2009 he helped to coach the USA Men's Junior National Team at the World Championships. Wenger also coached with the USA High Performance program in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Wenger has had success as a high school and club coach. He guided the Marymount High School girls' team to the 2011 California DI State Championship game and the 2002 California DIII State Championship. Wenger coached the Sunshine Volleyball Club 14's in 2003, 04 and 06.

Prior to coaching Wenger was a successful volleyball player. He earned three letters (2001, 2003 and 2004) with the Bruins. In each of those three seasons UCLA made the MPSF Tournament. The Bruins were the NCAA runner-up in 2001, made regionals in 2002 and were regional semifinalists in 2004. As a senior in 2004, he played in 28 matches and recorded 216 kills; helping the Bruins to a 24-6 record. Wenger graduated with a degree in political science in May of 2004 and was a 10-time member of the Director's Honor Roll.

Wenger went on to play professionally after graduation for the Corozal Plantaneros in Corozal, Puerto Rico in June 2004, at which point he worked in the finance industry in Chicago before returning to volleyball at UCLA.

A native of Highland Park, Ill., Wenger earned letters in soccer (three) and volleyball (four). He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1999 and was named the Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year in 1999. He is married to Marissa Wenger. The couple has a daughter, Vivienne, and a son, Reid.