Nick Polite was named an assistant coach for the East Carolina volleyball program in July of 2016.
In three years at Valparaiso, Polite helped guide the Crusaders to 77 victories – an average of nearly 26 per season – as well as a 30-14 mark in Horizon League play and a pair of appearances in the Horizon League Tournament championship match. In 2015, Valpo accrued a 27-8 record and made its second run to the title match of the league tournament in three seasons.
Polite also assisted in mentoring four Crusaders to All-Horizon League honors. As a result of working with Valparaiso’s offensive players, the Crusaders ranked first in the conference in opponent hitting percentage, kills per set and assists per set while placing second in hitting percentage and aces per set.
Polite arrived at Valpo from Indiana State where he spent the 2012 campaign as an assistant coach. He was responsible for film analysis/exchange, travel coordination, statistical analysis and defense during his time as an assistant. Polite worked as a student manager for the 2011 season and also spent two years as a practice player for the Sycamores.
In terms of club volleyball, Polite also spent time in 2013 coaching for the then newly-formed club Indiana Elite VBC - leading both the 18 Elite and 14 Elite squads. He has also coached at COA (18s team in 2012, 18s and 14s teams in 2011, 16s team in 2010) and Dunes. Polite was the founder of the Indiana State men's club volleyball team, running the club's operations for three years, and has worked elite and team summer camps at Notre Dame, Purdue and Illinois.
A 2012 graduate of Indiana State University, Polite was a two-year member of the Sycamores' track and field team. A three-sport athlete at Washington Township H.S., he was two-time conference MVP and a three-time All-Conference honoree on the volleyball court, leading his team to a perfect 21-0 record as a senior.