|Title:||Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach|
|Previous College:||Springfield College '14|
Tessa Smolinski returns to the staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Megan Silver-Droesch following a brilliant four-year athletic and academic career at Springfield College.
The Hebron native participated in four NCAA Division III tournaments and won two New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) post-season tournaments and helped the Pride compile a four-year record of 118-24 (33-4 in the NEWMAC) between 2010 and 2013.
As a senior, Smolinski was selected Capital One Academic All-American of the Year as a Communication Sciences Disorders major, tabbed as the NEWMAC Player-of-the-Year, and repeated as a second-team AVCA All-America. She had the unique distinction of leading her team in both kills (370) and digs (328) that year.
Every year, Springfield advanced beyond the opening round of the NCAA tournament, reaching the national quarterfinals in 2011 and the third round in 2010, combining on an overall record of 65-8 in those first two seasons.
Smolinski played scholastically at nearby RHAM High School, where she was the school’s Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year as a senior. As a senior, she became the program’s first Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player-of-the-Year when she led the Sachems to an undefeated season and a third straight Class “M” state championship. Smolinski was a two-time first-team Class “M” All-Stater and two-time MVP selection of the state title match.
Smolinski is an experienced clinician and various volleyball camps and clinics, among those at Springfield, University of Connecticut and University of New Hampshire. She has also coached a 14-2 High Performance volleyball team in 2011.
Smolinski graduated with an overall GPA of 3.99 and a B.S. Degree in Communication Sciences Disorders and is pursuing an Au.D. in Audiology at the University of Connecticut.