Alesia Vaccari joined the full-time Simmons College athletics staff in the fall 2011 as the Head Volleyball Coach.
Coach Vaccari led the Sharks to the conference semifinals for the second straight year in 2012 and was named an 2011 AVAC 30 under 30 Recipient as well as Great Northeast Athletic Conference Volleyball Coach of the year. Vaccari joined the Sharks after two years as the Assistant Coach for the Clarkson University Volleyball program. In 2009, Vaccari helped lead the Golden Knights to their first Liberty League Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance as Clarkson went 28-7, the top winning percentage in program history.
Vaccari, a 2006 graduate of Springfield College with a degree in Athletic Training, was a two-time All-American for the Springfield Pride in 2003 and 2004, two seasons in which her team reached the NCAA Tournament. The 2004 NEWMAC Player of the Year as well, Vaccari is Springfield's all-time leader in assists (5,196) and aces (321) while ranking eighth at the school in digs (1,196). Springfield went 109-31 in her four seasons (.779 winning percentage) and she played in all 140 matches over that four-year span.
In addition to being a three-year captain for Springfield, Vaccari also was named the 2001 Connecticut High School Player of the Year and was a Junior Olympic Volleyball athlete.