By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Brian Imperiale has joined USF head coach Courtney Draper in the jump up to Division I volleyball.
Draper added Imperiale to her staff as an assistant after he spent the past three seasons with Florida Southern College. Imperiale's duties with the Bulls will include video work, scouting and compiling statistics on top of his role of helping to guide USF's talent on the court.
"This is perfect. It's a great place to be for my family and I," he said.
Imperiale is well prepared for his run with the Bulls after doing a little bit of everything for Mocs head coach Jill Stephens.
"That was my first college experience, and at Division II you're hands on," he said. "You're setting up the gym, doing recruiting, travel, parts of the budget - every little thing. The way Jill kind of allowed me to be hands on with everything was the perfect experience."
Imperiale has been heavily involved in club volleyball and started a program in Lakeland when he was with the Mocs. The Clearwater native coached the Pinellas Heat, which qualified for the Junior Olympics four times during his tenure. Imperiale also spent two years at the high school level coaching Clearwater Central Catholic.
Imperiale earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida State in 2002 after playing in the Seminoles' club volleyball program.