NEAL BROWN -- Volleyball Assistant Coach (Twitter @CoachBrownVB)
6th season at Point Park
Alma mater: Penn State '03
The 2012 season will be Neal Brown's sixth season as an assistant coach on the Point Park volleyball staff. Brown has several years experience on the college and high school levels, which has helped the Pioneers reach new heights over the last few seasons.
Brown's primary responsibilities include scouting opponents, providing instruction in practices and games, compiling statistics and serving as the head coach of Point Park's developmental team, the Gold Team. The Gold Team was started in 2008, and Brown guided it to a record of 29-5 since its inception.
Brown's work on the high school level includes time as an assistant at Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon. In 2001 he helped Mt. Lebanon win the WPIAL championship and reach the PIAA playoffs.
Brown attended Penn State and assisted the men's volleyball team as a manager and statistician. He helped the Nittany Lions win the EIVA conference championship and reach the NCAA semifinals.
His experience as a player includes his time on the Penn State club team, and being a key member for a two-time WPIAL championship teams at Mt. Lebanon. His high schools teams reached the PIAA tournament three times.
Brown is the associate director of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Volleyball Club. Alongside club director Mike Bruno, he has helped build Pittsburgh Three Rivers into one of the most successful club volleyball organizations in Western Pennsylvania.
Brown's experience also includes coaching at several summer camps in the region.
Brown comes from a volleyball family. His father, Mike, has been involved as a coach and official the last 35 years. His sister, Amy, played collegiately at Buffalo and is the coach at NAIA member Univ. of Illinois Springfield. His sister, Caryn, plays on the Penn State club team.
Brown and his wife Kristin reside in Upper St. Clair.
MIKE DIPAOLO -- Volleyball Assistant Coach
1st season at Point Park
Alma mater: Pittsburgh '04
Mike DiPaolo is in his 1st year as an assistant coach on the Point Park volleyball staff. For the last eight years, he has been the head boys’ volleyball coach at his alma mater Keystone Oaks High School just outside of Pittsburgh.
He was hired as Keystone Oaks boys volleyball coach in 2005. He was also the K.O. girls’ volleyball coach from 2010-11. Before going to K.O., he was the head girls’ volleyball coach at North Hills from 2007-09. In his 13 seasons as a high school head coach, he has a career record of 123-112.