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J.T. Wenger
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: UCLA '04
Phone: 303-492-4527
Email: JT.Wenger@colorado.edu
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J.T. (Jonathan) Wenger is in his third 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. CU improved in his first season with the Buffs in 2012, recording 14 wins, eight more than in the previous season, as well as four Pac-12 Conference wins, as compared to one in 2011.

CU had a breakout season in 2013, finishing the year with an 18-14 record while tying for seventh in the Pac-12 with a 9-11 record. The 18 wins are the most in a single-season for the Buffs since 2003 when they recorded 21. CU also recorded its first win against a ranked opponent since 2008 and knocked off three top-25 teams during the season in No. 1 Washington, No. 11 UCLA and No. 25 Arizona.

Quite possibly the biggest highlight of the year was the return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Buffs advanced to the second round of the tournament after defeating Iowa State 3-1, before falling in a close match (3-2) to No. 10 Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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. 

 

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