Former UC Irvine star Austin D'Amore, most recently on the coaching staff at Illinois, is in his first season as an assistant coach with UTA volleyball.
"Austin has acquired a wealth of knowledge from playing and coaching under some of the great volleyball minds in the country," Wenger said. "As a standout player, he knows what it takes to succeed both athletically and academically. Austin is a student of the game and will be a great asset to this program."
D'Amore joins the Mavericks coaching staff after serving as the volunteer assistant at Illinois in 2016. A two-time national champion at UC Irvine (2009, 2012), D'Amore helped lead the Fighting Illini to a 17-win season in the rugged Big 10 with three student-athletes earning All-America accolades.
In 2016, D'Amore joined the coaching staff at Illinois under former national coach of the year Kevin Hambly, who took over for hall of fame coach John Dunning in 2017 at Stanford.
D'Amore has been a rising coach in collegiate volleyball since completing his decorated playing career with the Anteaters. A native of Laguna Hills, Calif., D'Amore began his coaching career as an assistant with the 949 Volleyball Club for four seasons. He then made coaching stops with USA Volleyball, serving as an assistant coach with the High Performance Boys Selection A2 Camp and the High Performance Select Continental Team in 2014 and 2015. In addition, he coached with Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
His collegiate coaching career began as a graduate assistant with Springfield College men's volleyball for three seasons, from 2013-15. While coaching the middle blockers, and working in recruiting, scouting, game-planning and practice plans, D'Amore helped lead Springfield to its third consecutive national title in 2013.
Before joining the Fighting Illini coaching staff, D'Amore was an assistant coach at Roger Williams University, in addition to serving as the club men's head coach. At Roger Williams, he assisted with the day-to-day operations of the coaching staff for a nationally competitive NCAA Division III program. He handled recruiting, scouting, fundraising, scheduling, skill development and team communications. He took an active role in embracing and implementing statistical analysis and psychological skills training.
Before beginning his decorated career at UC Irvine, D'Amore was an AVCA All-American in high school, playing on the USA Volleyball Junior National Team in 2008-09 and with the USA Volleyball Youth National Team in 2006-07 and the men's U21 Junior National Team in 2008-09.
D'Amore earned his degree from UC Irvine in sociology, with a minor in psychology in 2012. He also owns a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in athletic counseling.