Former UCLA volleyball standout J.T. Wenger begins his sixth season as the Bruins' assistant coach.
In the summer of 2011, J.T. served as the Assistant Coach at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, a branch of the U.S. National Team, working with some of the top collegiate talent from around the country. The last two seasons, Wenger has been named to the AVCA's prestigious "30-Under 30" coaching list, a chart noting some of the country's top young volleyball coaches.
Wenger's duties include being Data Volley Coordinator, developing Outside, Opposite, and Middle Hitter's attacking, blocking, defense, and strategic game comprehension, tracking the players' academic progress and co-directing the UCLA summer camps. Since Wenger's arrival, Bruin volleyball players have continued to earn spots year-in and year-out on the Director's Honor Roll.
In the summer of 2009, J.T. was also the Assistant Coach for the USA Men's Junior National Volleyball Team that competed in the World Championship in Pune, India.
In December 2007, Wenger coached the U.S. Team in the Maccabi Games. Also in 2006-07, the UCLA men's volleyball program achieved the highest team grade point average among all of UCLA's teams with 25 or more members.
During the summers of 2007, 2008 and 2010, J.T. was a primary member of the coaching staff for the USA High Performance Pipeline Select Group A.
Wenger lettered three seasons (2001, '03 and '04) for the Bruins and played extensively as a senior in 2004. That season he played in 28 matches, slammed 216 kills and averaged 2.8 kpg. The Bruins finished with a record of 24-6 and advanced to the MPSF semifinals. Wenger graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2004. He was named to the Director's Honor Roll eight times.
After graduation, Wenger worked in the finance industry at both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade for SMW Trading.
Prior to working as a commodities trader, Wenger played professional volleyball for the Corozal Plataneros of the Puerto Rico Superior League.
From the Fall of 2004 to the Summer of 2005, Wenger served as head coach for the Boys 15 Elite team for Adversity Volleyball under the direction of Mike Hulett in Northfield, IL.
Since his graduation in 2004, he has been involved with boy's and girl's club volleyball in both Chicago and Los Angeles. He has coached with Adversity, Sunshine Volleyball Club, and Pacific Palisades Volleyball Club.
Wenger and his wife Marissa reside in Santa Monica.