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Greg Giovanazzi
Greg  Giovanazzi

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
UCLA '81


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Greg Giovanazzi enters his second year at the helm of the women's volleyball program at Johns Hopkins and brings a wealth of experience to the progam. He has been involved in volleyball for more than 30 years as both an athlete and a coach at the international, collegiate and professional levels.

Under Giovanazzi's leadership, the Blue Jays went 20-7 (8-2 CC) in 2008, reaching the Centennial Conference semifinals. Amanda Lewis also broke the Centennial Conference record for assists during his first season at Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays won 15-straight sets late in the Centennial Conference portion of their schedule after being picked as the preseason favorite in the conference preseason coaches poll.

Giovanazzi returned to the college volleyball scene after assuming interim coaching duties at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County from 2003 to 2004.

Over his 29-year coaching career, Giovanazzi has helped to lead some of the premier volleyball programs in the country into postseason play. He has coached 26 Olympians and 41 All-Americans at six institutions and in six years with the U.S. women's national volleyball team.

Giovanazzi coached the Loyola Greyhounds in 2001 .

Prior to Loyola, Giovanazzi spent seven seasons at the University of Michigan. During his stint at Michigan from 1992 to 1998, he produced 40 All-Big Ten academic selections and eight All-Big Ten players. The Wolverines reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament under Giovanazzi in 1997 and competed in the 1995 NIVC Tournament. In his seven seasons at Michigan, He combined for a 104-116 mark.

Giovanazzi was the first assistant coach for the USA women's Olympic volleyball team from 1990 to 1994 and served as an advisor at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was a member of the coaching staff in the 1994 Goodwill Games, where Team USA earned a silver medal. Giovanazzi helped lead the 1992 women's Olympic team to a bronze medal in Barcelona.

Giovanazzi spent two season at Santa Monica College in 1982 and 1983 where he won the 1983 Southern California Coach of the Year honors and led his team to the state finals. He was an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii for one season in 1980 and won the WCAC Championship.

Giovanazzi took a position as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UCLA, upon his graduation in 1981. He assisted with both the men's and women's volleyball programs from 1981-1990. Throughout his time with the Bruins, he played a role in three NCAA Championships and six appearances in the NCAA Final Four.

Giovanazzi adds an impressive resume as an athlete as well. He was a three-time USAV All-American. He was a member of the USA men's national team and competed in the Pan American and World University Games, where he was team captain. He also played in the Italian Professional Leagues in 1979 and 1986. Giovanazzi played for UCLA from 1975 to 1979 and was a member of the 1976 national championship team. In 1978, Giovanazzi competed on a squad that reached the NCAA Finals. He earned a spot in 1977 on the USA men's junior national team. The squad reached the Junior World Championship and earned a bronze medal at the Pac Rim Championships.

Giovanazzi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UCLA in 1981. He resides in Catonsville with his wife, Deb, Dean of Student Affairs at Towson University and his daughter Casey.