Hunter Coppola Signs With Div I Volleyball Team


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It’s official: Verona High School volleyball’s Hunter Coppola is making the switch from Hillbilly to Roadrunner. Coppola signed this morning with the University of Texas at San Antonio, an NCAA Division I program.

Coppola played volleyball all four years at VHS, and was a key part of Verona’s NJSIAA Group 1 championship team in 2017. She is a three-time All-State selection and All-American, and this year was part of the team that was the SEC American Division champion for the third straight year, a state sectional champion for the third straight year, and made its third straight trip to the group final.

She will be joining a team that is equally illustrious. UTSA’s volleyball team has made three NCAA tournament appearances, won five conference championships, and earned five regular season championship titles. “It’s a top 75 team,” Coppola noted this morning. “That’s crazy.”

Coppola says she signed with UTSA Volleyball because it “they have a great coaching staff.” Head Coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff was an All-American player at the University of Texas, and is UTSA Volleyball’s winningest head coach. Assistant Coach Dominique Gonzalez was a two-time national champion and four-year starter at Penn State.

“Everything’s bigger in Texas,” said Coppola. “Volleyball is bigger in Texas.”

Coppola with her parents, Tina and Mike.

Hunter Coppola’s Athletic Achievements
Varsity volleyball 2016, 2017, 2018; captain 2018
2nd Team All State, All Groups 2018
1st Team All State, Group 1, 2018
1st Team All SEC American Division 2018
Honorable Mention All-American 2018
Athlete of the Week 2018
Career 787 Kills/ 202 Blocks/ 64 Aces
1st Team All State, All Groups 2017
1st Team All State, Group 1, 2017
1st Team All SEC American Division 2017
Honorable Mention All-American 2017
Essex County Player of the Year 2017
Men of Essex Award 2017
Top 40 Junior Finalist for Prep Volleyball 2017
2nd Team All-Groups 1 2016
1rst Team All SEC American Division 2016
Honorable Mention Soph 79 Award
JV volleyball 2015
SEC American Division, Essex County & State Sectional Champions 2018
State Group 1 Champions 2017
SEC American Division, Essex County & State Sectional Champions 2017
SEC American Division, Essex County & State Sectional Champions 2016

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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