Joey Pacis is in his fifth year as head women's volleyball coach at Bentley University after previously filling the same role at Merrimack College. He came to Bentley in 2013 as an assistant to the legendary Sandy Hoffman and took over as head coach when she stepped aside prior to the 2014 season. During his first four seasons at the helm, Pacis has posted a 67-50 record, including 40-16 in Northeast-10 contests.
Pacis was cited as the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year in 2014 after directing the Falcons to a 19-12 record, a share of the Northeast-10 regular season title, a berth in the NE-10 championship match and the semifinals of the NCAA Division II East Regional. That was followed up by an 18-10 record in 2015.
The 1995 University of Illinois graduate was the head coach of the Warriors for eight years, from 2003-10. He’s the winningest coach in Merrimack’s volleyball history, with a career record of 117-116, and guided his team to the program’s first two NCAA tournament berths, in 2007 and 2008.
Pacis was the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year in both of those seasons, and his team twice had the highest cumulative GPA among Merrimack’s varsity teams (2007, 2008). His 2009 team set a school record for wins with 21.
Prior to being named the head coach in February 2003, Pacis served as an assistant with the Merrimack program for three years.
Pacis was an outstanding player for the University of Illinois, serving as the team’s starting setter for four years. In 1994, he helped the Fighting Illini win its first Big Ten men’s volleyball championship and earned second team All-Tournament honors. Illinois finished No. 17 in the nation his senior year. While attending Illinois, Pacis volunteered as a student coach for the women’s Division I volleyball program under the direction of Mike Hebert, and also coached at the Fighting Illini summer volleyball camps.
A native of Southern California, Pacis graduated from Illinois 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. He resides in Watertown with his wife, Holly, their son, Ryan (12), and their 5-year old chocolate lab, Jack.
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