June 11, 2012
“I want to thank Geoff for the opportunity to be a part of the Ohio State volleyball family,” Palileo said. “I sincerely feel I have joined an extension of my family, and as I continue to grow as a coach and as a person, I share Geoff’s views, values and approaches to success. Having been a part of the program last year, I am excited to work with Geoff because of his commitment to athletic excellence as well as his holistic approach student-athlete growth. I look forward to training and mentoring a passionate and dedicated group of athletes while supporting Ohio State volleyball on all levels.”
Prior to becoming volunteer assistant at Ohio State and helping the Buckeyes reach the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2011, Palileo spent the previous three seasons as head coach at Washington State.
“We are very happy to have Andrew join our family,” Carlston said. “We have known each other for over 15 years, back to when we both started coaching in Minnesota. He's a quality person through and through.”
Palileo was the Pac 10 Coach of the Year in 2009 and led WSU to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years that same year. At South Dakota State he was 154-86 (.642) in seven years. The Jackrabbits won the Summit League regular season title for the first time, won the conference tournament volleyball championship for the first time, and made an historic first trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Palileo was named the 2007 Summit League Coach of the Year. Under Palileo's direction, the South Dakota State volleyball team reached the NCAA Div. II Regional Final match in 2002, and was the national championship runner-up in 2001.
Palileo coached volleyball at Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.) from 1997-2000, where he had an 85-53 record in four seasons. His team was the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) 1999 Tournament Champions and played in the NCAA Div. III Championship Tournament. He was named the NCAA Div. II North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2001, and the 1999 NCAA Div. III MIAC Coach of the Year.
In addition to collegiate volleyball coaching, Palileo has coached the Club SoDa 18s volleyball team in Brookings, S.D., from 2002-2008, and was the Heartland Adidas Select Volleyball Program 18s head coach for five years in Minneapolis, Minn. He served as the director of the Crosstown Junior Olympics at Edina High (Minn.) from 1993-97, and was the head JV coach at Waconia (Minn.) High from 1986-90. A highly-regarded clinician, Palileo has also been the head coach of the Midwest Volleyball Instructor Elite Camps since 1997.
Originally from Hawai'i, Palileio is a graduate of Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), Palileo received his bachelor of arts degree in missiology in 1991 and a bachelor of arts degree in social science/secondary education in 1995. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.) in 2000.
Palileo and his wife, Wendy, have three sons, Ashton, Austin, and A.J., and one daughter, Alyvia.