Alyssa Finocchi returns for her second season as head Volleyball Coach at Penn State Greater Allegheny for the 2018-19 season.
In her first season as head coach, she led the team to an 8-13 overall record including a 6-10 record in conference play. After starting the season just 2-8, Finocchi led her team on a six game winning streak evening their record and putting them right back in the hunt for a Penn State University Athletic Conference Playoff spot. Despite not making the playoffs, they were able to hold their own against some tough PSUAC competition including taking a match to five sets against the eventual top seed Penn State Beaver before dropping the match 3-2.
Finocchi had a 14 year volleyball career that began in elementary school, continued through Baldwin High School, where her senior season team went 14-0 and were undefeated section champions. Finocchi then continued to Penn State Greater Allegheny to play volleyball for four more years under Coach Gibbs. Throughout these four years, she was the catalyst that lead the program to the school’s first final four appearance her senior year, with the program’s best overall record of 21-10.
Finocchi holds 14 PSUGA Volleyball all-time program records including the record for Kills (840), Digs (737), and total career points (1,286.5). During her four years, Finocchi acquired numerous accolades on and off the court. Academically, she participated in the Honors Program for eight semesters, maintained an average 3.4 GPA, and received a scholarship for leadership in the classroom. Her four-year college career also gained her three First Team All PSUAC Conference awards, seven PSUAC Player of the Week titles, two USCAA player of the week titles, and two USCAA All American awards. Her favorite accomplishment, however, would be being named the PSUGA Female Athlete of the Year during her senior year. She ended her PSUGA career with a PSUAC Final Four appearance and completed her Marketing – Management Business degree.
Prior to joining PSUGA Finocchi was the head coach of St. Elizabeth Middle School’s varsity girls’ team, where she helped to improve their record and lead them to a semi-final appearance.