In just five seasons since joining Simmons for the 2015 season, Head Coach Scott Grandpre has taken the program to heights never experienced before.
The Sharks mentor guided the squad to a 21-10 season record in 2017, including 11-1 in conference play, to establish school records for both regular season and conference wins. Grandpre saw Simmons vie for the conference championship for the first time in school history that year, following a program-best 12-match win streak, bolstered by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Grandpre was named the GNAC Coach of the Year in 2019 after repeating his conference success from 2017, directing the Sharks to an 11-1 league mark again to capture the number two seed in the conference championship tournament. The team finished the season with a 19-9 mark to record the highest winning percentage in school history at .679, which was backed by a school-record five all-conference honorees, including a first teamer and the conference Rookie of the Year.
The Rhode Island native has coached the Sharks to great success in conference play with five straight winning records against league foes, while compiling a 43-15 (.741) mark to go with an appearance in the conference title match and a pair of semifinal nods. During Grandpre's five-year tenure at the Fenway school, he has turned the Sharks into one of the best serving teams in the nation, consistently ranking among the nation's leaders, placing ninth among Division III schools in 2017, 11th following the 2015 campaign, 15th last year and 28th in 2019. He has already coached 14 All-Conference performers and as a tribute to his recruiting prowess, he counts among his players -- a conference Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and three First Team All-Conference selections.
Grandpre came to Boston following five years of experience as a coach at the NCAA Division I level. He spent the past four seasons on the sideline of the Sacred Heart University women's program. While with the Pioneers, he directed drills and administered on-court instruction. He was an integral part to the team's scouting effort and also used analytics to help prepare the squad for upcoming opponents as well as making adjustments and improving the Pioneers' play as a team and individuals. The Sacred Heart graduate also managed game-day events and fundraising efforts.
Prior to his three-year stint with the women's program, Grandpre enjoyed a four-year playing career with the Pioneers. He was a two-year Captain for the men's squad and graduated in 2010 as the program's single-season record-holder for service aces and digs. Following his playing career, he wasted no time getting into the coaching ranks as an assistant for the University of Rhode Island women's team, before returning to his alma mater a season later to serve as an assistant for the men's program.
In addition to his coaching duties at the collegiate level, Grandpre has worked hard to establish his presence in area volleyball circles. He is the Director of New England Amateur Athletic Union and is the Founder and Director of the RIPP Boston Volleyball Club. He has also served as a Master Coach for the TCA Volleyball Club team, while serving as Director of Volleyball Operations for the Northeast Volleyball Showcase in Trumbull, Conn.
Grandpre graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Biology.
Grandpre is married and he and his wife, Jenny are proud parents of two young children.