For the past 37 years, Penfield men’s volleyball has been rich in it’s history. Many fantastic players and people have been a part of the program. Below is some history behind the program.
The Penfield Men’s Volleyball Program began as an intramural program in the early 1970s. In 1976, the interest in the sport had grown to the point where the school created a men’s program.
The founding coach of the program was Jack Hunter. Coach Hunter guided the Penfield Men’s program from 1976 to 1990. During the time frame, Penfield boys volleyball captured 12 sectional championships in 14 seasons. Coach Hunter’s career record was 326-21.
The Monroe county Coach of the year award was renamed in Coach Hunter’s honor.
In August of 2013, Coach Hunter was inducted into the Frontier Walk of Fame.
After Coach Hunter’s retirement, Chris Redding, a former player, took the program over. During his two years as the leader of the program, Coach Redding guided the squad to a 32-12 mark. At that point, Coach Redding left to pursue a career coaching at the collegiate level. After several stops at different colleges ( including Alabama, Florida, and Applachian State ), Coach Redding is currently the head coach at UNC-Charlotte.
Following Coach Redding, was Andy Fusilli, former player at Gates Chili High School. In his second season as head coach, Fusilli guided the Penfield Chiefs to a sectional title in the 1994-95 season. Fusilli led the Chiefs to a 42-7 record and a sectional championship. His team also capured the New York State Regional Championship. Coach Fusilli then left to pursue other interests.
In the year 1995, the Penfield Varsity program came under the direction of Coach Mike Fusare. Coach Fusare has compiled a career record of 314–85 over his 18 seasons as the head coach. His teams have won 8 division titles and 5 Section V Class A championships. The team appeared in the 6 straight Section V Class A championships from 2004-2009. In 2009 the team also won the New York State Regional championship, defeating Hamburg ( Section VI) in 5 games.
Individual awards include 1998,2000,2003,2011 Monroe County Class A Coach of the year, 2007 and 2011 All Greater Rochester Coach of the year, 2009 New York State Honor award, and 2009 National Coach of the year nominee. He won his 300th match during the 2012-13 season beating Gates-Chili.