The thirteenth head coach in the history of the the University of Southern Maine women's volleyball program, Diane (Marzelli) Newell begins her fourth season leading the Huskies this fall. Newell replaced Tom Gardner who departed USM in 2014 after three seasons for the head coaching position at California Institute of Technology.
In her first season, Newell led the Huskies to an 18-14 overall record and the program's first postseason tournament berth with a fifth seed in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. Last season, she guided USM to a 16-14 mark, including a spot in the Little East Conference tournament.
Newell spent five seasons (2009-2013) as the girls’ varsity volleyball coach at Norton (Mass.) High School where she also taught English. During that span, Newell was named the Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year in 2012, and her team was recognized with the Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and 2012. Prior to coaching at Norton HS, Newell was the volleyball coach at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton, Mass., for two seasons (2007-2008).
“I’m very grateful and very excited about this opportunity,” commented Newell after accepting the head coach position. “This is a program that is going in the right direction, and I hope to continue that trend and take the program to the next level. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
"I'm excited about the addition of Diane Newell to our coaching staff,” said Al Bean, Director of Athletics. “She brings Division I playing experience, leadership skills in several different areas and nearly a decade of coaching success. I'm confident that she will bring great energy to the program, strong communication and people skills, and a burning desire to build and sustain a first-rate intercollegiate volleyball program. USM Volleyball should continue to grow and improve under Diane's direction."
A two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (2002, 2003) while an undergraduate at the College of the Holy Cross, Newell was a middle hitter and captain of the Crusaders’ squad in 2004. A four-year member of the team, Newell had 401 kills, 35 assists, 168 digs and 167 blocks in 314 games. Prior to attending Holy Cross, Newell was a three-year letter winner at Bourne (Mass.) High School and played for Bourne’s 2000 Division 2 state championship team.
A 2005 graduate of Holy Cross with a bachelor’s degree in English and Studio Arts, Newell earned her master’s of education from Fitchburg State University in 2013.
|Title:||Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach|
|Previous College:||St. Joseph's (Me.)|