COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland volleyball head coach Adam Hughes announced the hiring of AJ Bonetti as an assistant coach Monday. Bonetti had previously served as an assistant coach at Tennessee for two years, working closely with the Vols' front row while leading the program’s recruiting efforts.
“I am thrilled to announce that AJ and his family will be joining us in College Park,” said head Coach Adam Hughes. “AJ is somebody I've gotten to know and respect over the past few years and I'm excited that we've got this opportunity to work together. AJ brings us a wealth of recruiting experience as well as a great mind for the game. He's a great fit for our culture and I know he will help us carry out our vision for building this program."
In his two years at Tennessee, Bonetti helped Erica Treiber become one of the nation’s top middle hitters. Treiber earned AVCA All-Southeast Region and honorable mention All-America honors while averaging 2.58 kills per set (.348 hitting percentage) and 1.06 blocks per set in 2016.
"I’m incredibly humbled and excited to be joining the University of Maryland Women’s Volleyball family,” said Bonetti. “I want to thank the Maryland Athletics administration, as well as Coach Hughes for the opportunity to join his already fantastic staff. The opportunity to work alongside Adam, Kristin and Kyle is one I do not take for granted. The program that they have been building there has rapidly become a household name and I am excited to be the next piece in the puzzle. Everybody knows the Big Ten is the best conference in the country; that daily challenge to be our best, my best; is one I look forward to each and every day. I will indubitably work my hardest to make Maryland Volleyball better than the day before. It’s a great day to be a Terp!"
Before his stint at Tennessee, Bonetti spent seven years at UNC Wilmington. He was an assistant coach for the Seahawks for five years, before being promoted to associate head coach for the last two.
During his tenure with the Seahawks, the team recorded three 20-win seasons and 10 players earned All-CAA honors. As a junior in 2014, Meredith Peacock ranked fifth nationally in blocks per set and sixth in total blocks. She was ranked in the top 20 in both categories as a senior as well.
In his final season at UNCW, Bonetti helped the Seahawks win the Colonial Athletic Association title, ending the season with a 24-8 record. Four players earned All-CAA honors, including first-team middle blocker Meredith Peacock.
Before joining the UNCW staff, Bonetti was an assistant coach for Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, Va., helping the team with the 2008 Bay River District regular season and tournament titles. He was also head coach of the Williamsburg Juniors 17s club.
Bonetti’s first coaching stop was at George Washington for two years as a graduate assistant and volunteer assistant coach. He was the team's video coordinator and directed the strength and conditioning program.
On the national scene, Bonetti has worked with the USA Volleyball men's national team, serving as statistician for the team's world league events in America in 2008. He also assisted in operational/facility management of all matches and worked as Director of Statistical Acquisition for the High Performance Championships in Tucson, Ariz., leading an eight-member team who acquired volleyball related statistical data at the event.
Bonetti is a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa. He earned his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from East Stroudsburg University, where he played volleyball. He earned his master's degree in exercise science from George Washington in 2008.
Bonetti is accompanied to College Park by his wife Jamie and son Anderson.