VB: What they're saying about J.T. Wenger ...

Jan. 25, 2017

Announcement | Wenger File | Career in Photos | @CoachJTWenger

"What a great hire for UT Arlington. J.T. will be one of the best coaches in the country, I'm sure. He's very bright, brings tremendous energy and motivation. As a player, he worked very hard to change the culture at UCLA and was a big piece of mentoring a younger roster that went on to the NCAA finals and national championship after he left. I always realized how bright he was as a player and student-athlete. As a political science major he made the Director's honor roll eight times, which is really special. On the court, he was such a team guy and was willing to play anywhere I wanted him too, middle blocker, outside hitter, he could play three positions just to get in the lineup. He is a real student of the game. After he played professional volleyball in Puerto Rico for a year, he went back to Chicago and had a great job outside of athletics but he was also coaching a team in Chicago. I kept a close eye on him and after I lost some assistant coaches, I reached out to J.T. and asked him to come back as my assistant. He was a great assistant coach and it was clear that it was just a matter of time before he got a head coaching job." 
- UCLA legendary men's volleyball head coach Al Scates

"There's no doubt that the administration at UT Arlington sees in J.T. what I saw when we hired him - a bright, talented coach with a great future in our game.  This is a loss for our program, but the opportunity to be a head coach and run your own program is difficult to turn down.  Though it was a short time with us, J.T. brought many things to the table that helped us have a great season -  but we know he's ready to take this challenge head-on and we will root for his success. I have very fond memories of my time at Texas-Arlington, and know that community will enjoy the Wenger family and all that he will bring to the volleyball program. We wish J.T. and his family nothing but the best in his new role."
- Michigan State head coach & former UTA head coach Cathy George

"J.T. Wenger was a very creative attacker at UCLA and saw the game in a unique way. I think he has the ability to think his way through games differently than the mainstream and that will serve him and his team well in his new coaching endeavor."
- UCLA women's volleyball coach Mike Sealy

"J.T. Wenger is a tremendous volleyball coach. His ability to break down and teach the game of volleyball is exceptional. I am so happy for J.T. and UT Arlington."
- Colorado senior women's administrator Ceal Barry





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