Apolinario joins staff after two seasons at Austin Peay
Ariel Apolinario begins his first season as an assistant coach with Ohio University volleyball program under first-year head coach Deane Webb in 2014. He arrives in Athens following two seasons serving as an assistant coach with Austin Peay State University.
In his two seasons at Austin Peay, Apolinario helped the Lady Govs to 30 overall wins and 19 conference victories. He also coached three players that earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors.
Prior to his arrival at Austin Peay, Apolinario spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Union University, where he assisted with recruiting and planned and implemented preseason training programs. In Apolinario's first season, Union won the TranSouth Conference with a 13-1 league mark while posting a 24-9 overall record.
As a competitor, Apolinario played two seasons at then-NAIA member Newman University before the program was dropped. He then transferred to Division II-member King University, where he was one of the founding members of the Tornado volleyball program. There, he was named the university's 2009-10 Male Athlete of the Year and was a first-team All-Carolinas Conference selection.
In addition to his assistant roles, Apolinario served as a head coach in the Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club system for three seasons. He taught volleyball skills during summer team camps throughout Florida, Tennessee and Texas.
A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Apolinario earned his degree from King in 2010.