J.T. (Jonathan) Wenger is in his first year as an assistant for the CU Volleyball program, joining the staff on February 8, 2012.
Wenger has an extensive volleyball background as a player and coach and joins 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 is in his 50th and final season. Scates is the winningest coach in Division I volleyball history and has 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 and 2004 and the 16's in 2006.
Prior to coaching Wenger was a successful volleyball player. He earned three letters (2001, 2003 and 2004) with the Bruins. 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 Corozal Plantaneros in Corozal, Puerto Rico until 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.