Pedro Trevino Named NJIT Women's Volleyball Coach

Pedro Trevino Named NJIT Women's Volleyball Coach

NEWARK, NJ--Pedro Trevino, the setter on some of NJIT's greatest men's volleyball teams from 1997 to 2000, has been named head coach of the NJIT women's volleyball program Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Lenny Kaplan announced. 

"It's always exciting to bring one of our own back as a coach - especially as a head coach," Kaplan commented.  "Pedro has a special love for NJIT, and this passion helped elevate him to the top of a very good list of quality candidates that we spoke with and interviewed for this position.  I am looking forward to helping Pedro elevate our program to being one of the more competitive programs in the region, and the top of the ASUN standings."  

Trevino, a 2001 NJIT graduate with a BS in Management and minor in Sports Management, was NJIT's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior, capped by an EIVA Championship first-round win over George Mason and graduated as the all-time assists leader in men's volleyball.

Trevino returns to his alma mater after eight seasons (2011-2018) at neighboring Rutgers-Newark where he served as the Director of Volleyball Operations -- head men's volleyball coach and Associate women's volleyball head coach.

"I would like to thank Lenny Kaplan and Peg Hefferan for giving me this great opportunity to come back to NJIT," Trevino added.  "I would also like to thank Mark Griffin (Rutgers-Newark Athletic Director) and Mary Stadelmann (Rutgers-Newark Associate Director) for giving me my first head coaching position at the college level.  My colleagues and players have made the last eight years at Rutgers-Newark an enjoyable experience."

Trevino managed improvement of the Rutgers-Newark women's volleyball program, reaching 11 or more wins over the last five seasons.  

The Scarlet Raiders advanced to the first round of the ECAC Division III Championship in 2018 & 2016, and registered 17 wins in 2014, advancing to the semifinals of the ECAC Metro/Upstate Championship. 

As head coach of the men's program, Rutgers-Newark combined for 19 wins, reaching the semifinals of the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) Championships in 2018.

The two most successful seasons in program history for Rutgers-Newark, came in 2015 and 2016 as the Scarlet Raiders reached the 'Elite Eight' of the NCAA Tournament, won one CVC tournament title, one regular-season CVC title and compiled an overall record of 46-14.

Trevino oversaw the program's transition from NCAA Division I to NCAA Division III and has done so with unprecedented success as the Scarlet Raiders stormed onto the national scene in 2015, earning top rankings from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

In 2016, three Scarlet Raiders became AVCA All-Americans in Cody Chidsey, Jack Fredricks and Kevin McCandless, with McCandless earning the Elite 90 award from the NCAA as the student-athlete with the highest GPA at a championship site. Chidsey was a 2015 AVCA All-American and the CVC Player of the Year, with Trevino pocketing 2015 CVC Coach of the Year honors as well.  Four players were named All-CVC in 2016 after three players earned the same recognition in 2015.

"I am so excited to be back at NJIT.  There are a lot of new buildings on campus since I graduated but the school still feels the same to me. I love Newark and I have been coming to this city since 1996. Every year this city gets better and better.  I look forward to working with Ray Bello and building this program to be a contender in the ASUN Conference."  

In 1997, his freshman season at NJIT, the Highlanders were 17-10 and won the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Division III championship. In the process they scored the program's first-ever wins against Ohio State and George Mason. They finished second in the first national Division III tournament at the end of the year. He ranked in the top five among EIVA assists leaders.

The following season, NJIT was 17-8 and scored its first all-time win against the East's overwhelmingly dominant program, Penn State. NJIT was EIVA Division II champion and EIVA Tait Division champ, while Trevino, an EIVA DII all-tournament pick, ranked in the top three in the EIVA in assists and in the top 15 nationally.

The 1999 season was likely the zenith, as Trevino, then a junior, was the setter for a 24-5 team that repeated as EIVA DII champion and advanced all the way to the EIVA finals, losing to Penn State, 3-2 in EIVA playoff final with a berth in the four-team NCAA National Championship field on the line. Trevino, who ranked in the national top 10 in assists, was all-tournament at the Hall of Fame Classic, won by NJIT, in Springfield, MA, and also all-tournament in EIVA DII competition.

In Trevino's senior season, 2000, NJIT was 16-12, making a combined record of 74-35 in his playing career. Pedro again ranked in the national top 10 in assists and NJIT defeated George Mason in the first round of the EIVA playoffs before falling to Penn State in the semis.

A graduate of J.I. Case High School in Racine, WI, he also played as a member of the NJIT men's basketball team in 2000-01.

He coached for several years locally at the grade school and high school level before entering college coaching as an assistant men's coach at Kean, in Union, NJ, as the Cougars began varsity competition in 2010-11.

At the school level, he coached girls teams at St. Agnes School in Clark, NJ, for two years and then coached as a boys assistant at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ) starting in 2009 and girls head coach at Summit (NJ) High School, beginning in 2010. He led Summit High to a 15-9 record, posting the second-highest wins total for the program in his first season.