Nicole Marie Cirillo | Associate Head Coach | Women’s Volleyball | IUPUI

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Qualities: Someone that obviously makes our program better, is a good student and a good person. The skills are important but the academics and intangible qualities are just as important. I don’t want just a good volleyball player if all they are going to do is cause problems on and off the court. Not worth it.

Sidenote: when going through recruiting process, we want to speak with the potential student-athletes, not the parents all the time. We are recruiting the kids. It’s fine that parents are involved of course, but more and more it’s the parents doing most or all of the calling/emailing and even answering questions that are directed at the PSA while on campus. It throws up a big red flag.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

Exceeded Expectations: Player came in as a walk-on and not only earned scholarship money by her junior year, but was voted unanimous captain 3 yrs in a row, started final 3 yrs and was a great leader, student, advocate for the program , etc. She was with the program for 5 yrs (with a redshirt year) and even though she wasn’t the most talented player on our team, knew her role and worked extremely hard to get to where she was…and brought the rest of the team with her! Before she was a starter and had scholarship, same things, knew her role and didn’t complain about lack of playing time or anything like that. She wasn’t OK with her role but knew that she had to continue to work hard and get better …and that is exactly what she did. We actually “made up” a new award to give her because she meant that much to our program. We are even looking into the possibility of her coming back to the program in the fall as a volunteer or student assistant.