Head Coach Nicole Cirillo
Progress. That is what second-year head coach wanted to see in 2015, and with hard work the Jackrabbits did just that. They had an overall record of 5-27, but more importantly, SDSU finished seventh in The Summit League with a 4-12 record. The four victories in league play were the most since the Jacks went 8-8 in 2012 and finished fifth.
Things are looking up for the program since Cirillo’s arrival.
Cirillo, who became SDSU’s 12th volleyball coach, spent t five years as associate head coach IUPUI. During her tenure, the Jaguars, recorded four of its best seasons, winning three Summit League regular-season titles, playing in three consecutive Summit League championships, winning the 2013 Summit League championship and advancing to its first NCAA Tournament.
As IUPUI’s recruiting coordinator, Cirillo recruited and coached multiple Summit League award-winning student-athletes both on and off the court.
During her five years as assistant coach at Missouri Southern State, Cirillo worked directly in the development of the squad’s middle blockers, helping MSSU reach the South Central Regional Tournament and a top-25 American Volleyball Coaches Association ranking in 2006.
Cirillo also was the club director for the Ozarks Juniors Volleyball Club and served as a head coach for several USA Volleyball Juniors teams.
During her four-year collegiate career, Cirillo served as a team captain at Southwestern Illinois College (2000-02) and the University of Central Arkansas (2002-04).
She was an honorable-mention all-America and a first-team all-region selection at Southwestern Illinois College, where she played the first two years of her collegiate career.
At Central Arkansas, Cirillo played in 173 games and logged 409 kills, 125 blocks (27 solo) and 62 service aces. In 2003, she helped the Sugar Bears to their first Gulf South Conference Tournament appearance since 1998. Cirillo was also named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll.
Cirillo earned her bachelor’s degree in management information systems from UCA in 2004 and her master of science in administrative studies from Missouri State in 2006.
A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Cirillo was first-team all-conference and all-metro player at Edwardsville High School, earning player of the year honors on the all-area team while leading EHS to regional and sectional championships.
The former Nicole Shoger is married to Kiley Cirillo and they have three sons, Kale, Daxton and Beck.