Coaching Staff

 

Rob Chilcoat
Assistant Coach

Rob Chilcoat joined the Jaguar volleyball program as an assistant coach in January 2019. Chilcoat worked with Jaguar head coach Alexis Meeks for three seasons (2016-18) at West Alabama where he served as associate head coach.

Chilcoat spent the 2015-16 season as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Essex in Colchester, England, where he helped the squad to a 12-0 record while making the move from Division I to the Premier League. He also worked on his Masters of Science in Organized Crime, Terrorism and Security from at Essex, and played for the semi-professional Tendring Volleyball Club, earning two league MVP awards and helping the squad to a 14-4 record.

Prior to his tenure at Essex, Chilcoat competed for Loyola University of Chicago as an outside hitter and primary passer. He was a member of consecutive NCAA Division I National Championship teams in 2014-15, and three straight Midwestern intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) championship teams from 2013-15.

In each of his four seasons at Loyola, Chilcoat was named to the MIVA All-Academic team, and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2015.

 

Patricia Gandolfo
Assistant Coach


Patricia Gandolfo joined the Jaguar volleyball coaching staff in May 2019 from West Florida, where she spent the previous eight-plus years as an assistant coach, specializing in work with the frontline and middle hitters, as well as Director of UWF Volleyball Camps. Gandolfo also has four years of coaching experience in Junior Olympic volleyball. She was an American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 recipient in 2017.

While working with UWF's front row, she has helped tutor 21 NCAA Division II South Region All-Tournament Team athletes, one South Region Freshman of the Year, 13 AVCA All-Americans, 25 AVCA All-Region Team athletes, four Gulf South Conference Players of the Year and five GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Players. Additionally, the Argonauts have won at least 24 matches every year with her on staff, seven GSC regular-season crowns and five GSC Tournament Championships.

The 2017 season marked one of the best the program has had, as middle blocker Rachel Neblett helped lead the team to 30 wins for just the fourth time in UWF history and the Argonauts took their seventh Gulf South Conference Championship. Under Gandolfo, Neblett moved to the top of UWF career leaderboard in attack percentage (.357) and set the single-season school record for attack percentage (.415) while ranking second in program history in career blocks (319) and earned second team All-America status from the AVCA.

Middle blocker Kathryn Torre earned her second consecutive AVCA All-American nod in 2016 and Corisha Smith was an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection that same year. Under coaching from Gandolfo, Torre recorded 125 blocks - the fourth-most in a single season in program history - and she set the UWF record for career hitting percentage (.340). The Argonauts claimed another regular season Gulf South Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament for an 11th consecutive season.

During the 2015 season, Gandolfo helped guide the Argos to an NCAA postseason apperance for the 10th season in a row as West Florida advanced to the NCAA South Regional Quarterfinal Round. Gandolfo helped West Florida rack up a 28-7 record on the year, including a 19-1 mark in Gulf South Conference play and the 2015 regular season title.  She coached a program-record six All-GSC selections during the season, four first team selections and a pair of second team honorees, and two AVCA All-American honorees.

In 2014 Gandolfo assisted with leading a young UWF team to the NCAA postseason for the ninth consecutive year, and helped senior Sarah Scott take a step forward in replacing her teammates Jenny Bellairs and Lindsey Homme. With Gandolfo’s guidance, Scott finished the season in the top-10 in kills and the top-3 in blocks and blocks per set for the conference. UWF had four players named to the All-GSC team, including Scott as the lone first team member for the Argos.

In 2013, her second year full-time, Gandolfo led a group that saw three players finish the season in the top-five in rankings for blocks per set in the GSC. Also, Gandolfo has been instrumental in the development of two-time GSC player of the year Lindsay Homme, the anchor of Gandolfo’s frontline for the past four years.

The 2013 season saw the development of Jenny Bellairs under Gandolfo’s tutelage as well, as Bellairs was named to the AVCA All-South Region Team and was an honorable mention for the AVCA All-American Team. Bellairs, Homme and Sarah Scott were all named to the 2013 All-GSC Volleyball First Team as middle hitters as a result of Gandolfo’s work with the team.

Gandolfo possesses two years of understudy work in the coaching realm having spent 2010 and 2011 as a student assistant coach for the Argonauts. During her stint as a student assistant, the native of Brazil assisted the Argonauts in assembling a 55-16 overall record en route to a pair of Gulf South Conference Championships. During that span, the Argonauts secured berths in the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament and made it to the region finals in 2010.

Gandolfo donned a UWF jersey for two seasons (2008-09) and captained the Argonauts to a collective 54-21 record which included yet another GSC Championship. A Third Team AVCA All-American during her final collegiate go-round, Gandolfo also added AVCA All-South Region First Team, NCAA South Region All-Tournament Team, All-GSC First Team and GSC Tournament Most Valuable Player laurels to her extensive resume by the time she closed the books on her playing career.