BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College Interim Director of Athletics Sharief Hashim made the announcement on Wednesday that Pat Robidoux has been hired as the new head coach for the College’s men’s and women’s volleyball programs.
Robidoux comes to Bennington with a familiarity of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) as he played at league foe Newbury College for three years while receiving his bachelor’s in Sports Management in Brookline, Mass.
“We're very excited to make this announcement,” said Hashim. “During the interview process, Pat established himself as the dynamic and committed visionary we want for the two programs. We believe his tireless work ethic will enable him to recruit effectively and develop our student-athletes. His empathetic coaching style will allow players to have fun as they compete for each other and reestablish both the men's and women's volleyball programs as Conference powers.”
The 2015 graduate remained in the greater Boston area following his Newbury commencement—making a pair of collegiate stops while staying involved with two club teams.
“I'm extremely honored and excited to become the next head coach of such historic programs,” Robidoux said. “The men's and women's teams at SVC have achieved great things in the past, and I look forward to having the opportunity to build these programs back to where they once were.”
Most recently, Robidoux was hired as the first head coach of a newly-formed women’s team at Fisher College—helping get the young program on its feet with recruiting events and logistical organization. That came after he spent a season as an assistant coach for the women’s squad at Brandeis University. Meanwhile, over the last two years, he led the Boston Hurricanes and SMASH Volleyball—a pair of club organizations in Eastern Massachusetts.
“I expect the programs here to grow and get better each year,” Robidoux continued. “The NECC is very competitive and has had a number of different champions on each side over the past decade; I look forward to being a part of the programs’ ascensions. SVC has a beautiful landscape and a community around it that would make anyone want to have this opportunity. I am truly blessed for this chance, and I cannot wait to start getting recruits in to see Bennington and all of its natural beauty.”
Robidoux played for NC in 2011, 2013, and 2014—being the team’s captain in the latter of those three seasons. In ‘14, the senior setter amassed 484 assists, 129 digs, 43 kills, and 16 service aces. He also served as the president to Newbury’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2013-14. Robidoux earned his coaching certification from Gold Medal Squared’s Elite Coaches Clinic in June of 2015.
Courtesy of Southern Vermont Athletics Communications.