COACHING STAFF

Assistant Coach Ariel Apolinario

Ariel Apolinario joined the UNLV volleyball coaching staff in March 2018 after serving the previous two years in the same role at Rice University in Houston.

In two years at Rice, Apolinario assisted as offensive coordinator and worked specifically with the outside and right-side hitters. The Owls won 20 matches in 2016 and 21 in 2017 towards a combined 41-21 overall record. This past season, Rice competed in the inaugural National Invitational Volleyball Championship and earned a berth in the C-USA Tournament. In 2016, the Owls advanced to the C-USA Championship's title game.

Additionally, he guided Chelsey Harris and Madison McDaniel to 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team Honorable Mention honors after the duo and teammate Portia Okafor earned AVCA All-Southwest Region Team recognition that same season. Last year, Grace Morgan was also an AVCA All-Southwest Region Team honoree. Both Harris and McDaniel were 2016 C-USA All-Conference First Team performers, while Morgan achieved the same status in 2017. In all, five members from both the 2016 and 2017 squads represented the Owls on the C-USA's First, Second or Freshman Teams, including Nicole Lennon the conference's freshman of the year.

Prior to his tenure in the Lone Star State, the Cuban national was an assistant coach at Ohio University, and served as defensive coordinator with a focus on setters and middle blockers. The Bobcats went 48-14 in his two seasons in Athens, which included a 29-3 mark in Mid-American with a pair of MAC East titles as well as one regular-season and conference tournament championship that resulted in a trip to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Ohio had a total of six student-athletes earn all-conference honors, highlighted by Abby Gilleland's selection as an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and two-time All-Region representative as well as the MAC's Player and Setter of the Year. Both Meredith Ashy and Kelly Lamberti were also tabbed AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention, while the former was the conference's defensive player of the year.

He also spent two years at Austin Peay State University, where the Lady Govs won 30 total matches and 19 in Ohio Valley play.

On the court, Apolinario played two years and then-NAIA member Newman University before the program was dropped. He transferred to NCAA Division II-member King University, and was a founding member of the Tornado volleyball program and was a two-time all-conference team member. He graduated from King University in 2010 with a degree in Spanish and a minor in coaching.

Apolinario has also served as a head coach in of the Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club system for three seasons, Willowbrook Volleyball Club for two and the Memphis Juniors Volleyball Association for one.


Assistant Coach Melody Nua

Melody Nua joined the UNLV volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach following a one-year stint as Loyola Marymount's director of operations. Nua is a Rebel alumna who played for the Scarlet & Gray from 2005-08.

At LMU, Nua helped coordinate travel, managed the team’s social media accounts and helped scouts when needed.

As a Rebel, Nua lettered all four seasons and helped the team to a 2007 Mountain West Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. She was a two-time All-MW Team performer in 2007 and 2008, and was selected to the MW’s 2007 All-Tournament Team. She left her name etched in UNLV’s career record book in five different categories, including first in assists (4,797) and fourth in both matches played (120) and sets played (442). Additionally, she owns two of the best single-season performances in assists, as she ranks second and third with 1,433 in 2007 and 1,372 in 2005.

Upon graduation with a degree in kinesiology from UNLV in 2009, Nua began coaching at the club and high school level. From 2010-12, her teams at Desert Elite and Club Vegas combined for a 45-4 overall record. The Long Beach, California, native moved back to the Golden State and coached Los Alamitos High School’s JV squad in 2012-13 to a pair of top-two finishes in Sunset League play. From 2014-16, she served as the head coach at Valley Christian High School (Cerritos) and led the team to a league title in 2016.

Nua has also been associated with the Seal Beach Volleyball Club coaching two teams per season dating back to 2012. Most recently, her 12-1 Division 2 team finished ninth overall in the Southern Cal region, while her 16-1 team qualified first in USA and finished 3rd in Chicago at the Windy City qualifier. During the 2015-16 season, her 16-1 squad took third in the Southern Cal region and earned a bid to the USA Nationals in the open division with a fifth-place showing, while her 18-1 team finished in Division 2 and 13th at AAU.

Nua made the leap to the collegiate level in 2013 when she joined Golden West College’s indoor and beach coaching staffs. At the Huntington Beach institution, she helped the indoor squad to a 41-20 overall mark with one trip to the state semifinals. In beach competition, the 2016 team won the Orange Empire Conference after two straight years of second-place finishes. The 2014 and 2015 teams concluded their seasons in third place at the state finals.


Director of Operations, Cordelia Palepoi

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