In March of 2013, Columbia volleyball head coach Brie Katz has announced the hiring of Adriano Di Peco as assistant coach.
During his first season on the bench in 2014, the Lions went 8-15 overall and tied for sixth in the Ivy League with a 4-10 mark against Ancient Eight opponents. He also helped Columbia secure the program's first victory over Penn at The Palestra and coached Bailey Springer to second-team All-Ivy Leauge honors.
Di Peco arrived in New York City in August 2013 after 10 years of coaching in Italian youth and professional leagues. In the Italian National Youth Championships, Di Peco coached 11 teams to Sweet Sixteen appearances, advancing to the finals three times. In 2009 Di Peco’s team won the U18 Italian Championship.
Currently, Adriano serves as the technical director for CALI volleyball club on Long Island, but from 2003 to 2006 Di Peco worked for two Italian Regional League teams as an assistant coach and scout. In 2006, he began coaching for MRomavolley, one of the most acclaimed professional club teams in Italy. During his six years with MRomavolley, Di Peco worked as head coach, assistant coach and scout for various levels and age groups, including U16, U18, U20, C Regional League, B2, B1, A2 and A1 National Leagues.
“I am thrilled to have Adriano on our coaching staff,” commented Katz. “His technical expertise is matched by his passion for the game, and with his international volleyball background he brings a wealth of high-level experience to our program. Adriano will assist in every facet of our program. He has already made a big impact in our on-court training and the way we use video to scout and recruit.”
As a student at Sapienza University of Rome, Di Peco earned two undergraduate degrees in physical education and coaching and physical Therapy, as well as a Master’s degree in health and rehabilitation sciences. Di Peco graduated with honors with all three degrees, and published his research, “Relationships between Motor Imagery and Oneric Imagery in Stroke Patient Rehabilitation” in Science of Rehabilitation in 2010. In addition to coaching, Di Peco worked as a physical therapist from 2009-2013, and volunteered as a tutor in San Filippo Neri Hospital helping PT students deliver Cognitive Therapeutic Exercise treatments to patients with neurological and orthopedic injuries.