Head Coach, Mark Parisi
Mark Parisi begins his eighth year as head coach of the Daemen Wildcats in 2012 and returns a veteran-laiden roster that played a large role in Daemen's 26-15 record last season - the program's most successful season of the Parisi Era.
After taking the reigns of the program midway through the 2005 season, Parisi led the Wildcats to 14 wins in 2006, more than doubling their 2005 win total. In 2009, Parisi led the Wildcats to an 18-16 mark, giving the program its first winning season since 2004.
Parisi has spent the last 13 years coaching numerous youth USA volleyball teams with the WNY Storm Volleyball and Niagara Frontier Volleyball (NFVB) clubs, where he also serves as a club director. As a member of the NFVB Advisory Board, he holds responsibility for coordinating the National/Regional levels and college recruitment. He has been a player and a coach for over 30 years and brings a passion for competition to the program.
Parisi earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and also a Master's of Business Administration Degree from the University at Buffalo. He has led advanced product development groups and has been a proponent of bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to his role in business development. His wife Linda, daughter, Lauren and son, Matthew also share his passion for volleyball. A native of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Parisi is a 1980 graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, where lettered in volleyball, baseball and bowling.
Assistant Coach, Carolyn Bell
Carolyn Bell comes to Daemen after five successful seasons as the Head Coach at Rochester Community and Technical College (MN). In her time there, she led the Yellowjackets to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes at the Minnesota College Athletic Conference State Tournament as well as 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the NJCAA Region 13 Tournament. Since taking over in 2008, the Yellowjackets were consistently ranked highly in the NJCAA Division III National Poll and boasted a 93-19 overall record. In addition, Bell has spent a considerable amount of her time coaching club volleyball in Minnesota and now with the Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club, since relocating to Buffalo, where she works well with players of all ages.
Bell also owns her own business, educating athletes about the bio-mechanics of the approach and arm swing using the SoloSpike and Dartfish Analysis systems. Her goal is to train players on how to prevent knee, back, and shoulder injuries while simultaneously utilizing the most effective hitting methods to reach their highest level of performance on the court. Her methods make her a valuable new asset to the Daemen College Volleyball Summer Camps.
Bell is a native to the Western New York area, growing up in Gowanda. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master's Degree in Psychology as well as a Master's Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Ithaca College. She is married to James Bell who recently joined the teaching staff in the Physician Assistant program here at Daemen College.