March 3, 2009
ATLANTA – Ed Tolentino, head tier trainer and director of development for Premier Volleyball and M-Juniors Volleyball Club in Maumee, Ohio, has been named an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, Yellow Jacket head coach Tonya Johnson announced Tuesday.
“We are excited to have Ed join our staff,” Johnson said. “He will be a great addition to our staff and will bring a lot of energy and excitement to our program. I’m looking forward to finally having everyone in place so we can move forward with our program.”
Tolentino spent the last three seasons as an assistant volleyball coach at Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., where he helped guide the Crusaders to three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament and regular season titles as well as a trio of NAIA National Championship appearances. Under his tutelage, three Crusaders earned WHAC Player of the Year honors, one was named the WHAC Libero of the Year and another received WHAC Freshman of the Year accolades. He also coached the runner-up for the 2007 NAIA National Libero of the Year award in addition to six All-America and 14 All-WHAC honorees. Madonna University posted a 108-27 overall record and went 37-3 in conference matches during his three-year stint while finishing all three seasons ranked among the top-25 in the nation, including a final ranking of No. 10 in 2008.
Prior to his stint at Madonna, Tolentino served as an interim assistant volleyball coach at the University of Michigan in 2005, where he assisted in player development and recruiting while coordinating scouting reports.
Tolentino joined the staff of Premier Volleyball and M-Junior Volleyball in January, 2005, serving as head tier trainer for Premier for four years and director of M-Juniors for the last three.
Before joining the staff at Premier Volleyball, Tolentino was an assistant coach at Michigan State University, where he assisted with all aspects of the program, including coordinating travel and scouting reports while assisting in development and recruiting.
His stint in East Lansing came after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, where he helped guide the Eagles to a pair of MAC Tournament appearances and a 27-7 record in 2002.
After spending two years (1997-98) as an assistant coach at Oakland University, Tolentino was promoted to head coach – a position he held for three seasons before joining the Eastern Michigan volleyball staff.
Tolentino began his coaching career at Bishop Foley High School in Madison Heights, Mich., where he served as the head varsity volleyball coach from 1994-96. He was a brief member of the Cranbrook Kingswood volleyball staff in early 1997 before earning his first collegiate coaching role at Oakland later the same year.
Between his assistant and head coaching positions at Oakland, Tolentino spent 10 months as a certified athletic trainer with the Detroit Tigers’ Gulf Coast League team. He is currently a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
Tolentino began his college career as a setter and defensive specialist at Macomb College before transferring to the University of Detroit Mercy, where he earned his degree in sports medicine in 1997.
Tolentino Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Year School Position Record Postseason1997 Oakland Assistant 34-61998 Oakland Assistant 8-191999 Oakland Head Coach 6-242000 Oakland Head Coach 6-222001 Oakland Head Coach 6-222002 Eastern Michigan Assistant 27-72003 Eastern Michigan Assistant 21-122004 Michigan State Assistant 12-162005 Michigan Interim Assistant 13-162006 Madonna Assistant 38-5 NAIA National Tournament Pool Play2007 Madonna Assistant 35-12 NAIA National Tournament First Round2008 Madonna Assistant 35-10 NAIA National Tournament Pool Play
Tolentino Quick Facts
Birthday: March 12, 1973
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Education: Detroit Mercy, 1997
Years in College Coaching: 12 (three as Head Coach)