Ben Read
Ben Read
Title: Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach
Phone: 617-824-8955
Email: benjamin_read@emerson.edu

Entering his 12th year at Emerson, success has followed nearly every step of his coaching career without exception in Boston. He has concluded several coaching jobs at high levels of achievement starting at the University of New Hampshire (back to back conference champions & NCAA Tournament appearances), Seacoast Juniors Volleyball Club (18’s New England Region Champions), Wheaton (18 win improvement in his second season), as well as additional stints at UConn, Johnson & Wales and Bryant.

Thus far in his tenure at Emerson, Read has reached the championship finals twice in the GNAC, once in the ECAC and once in the NEWMAC.  He’s made one NCAA Tournament appearance and led the Lions to their highest regional ranking in program history last year (6th).  For the women's program, Read has compiled an 170-118 overall record.  On the men's side, Coach Read has led the program to conference playoffs all but one season. Additionally, he has coached a conference tournament MVP, three defensive players of the year, four rookies of the year, seven 1st team, eight 2nd  and eight 3rd team all-conference players while at Emerson.

Read earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from University of New Hampshire in 2002.  

Jake Girard
Jake Girard
Title: Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

Jake Girard joins the Emerson Women’s Volleyball Coaching Staff as an Assistant Coach for the 2019 season.  Girard most recently was at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he served two season as an Assistant Volleyball Coach.  Girard has a wealth of experience in the coaching field, starting his coaching career with the Coastal Volleyball Club in 2014.  He has also held positions at the Max Performance Volleyball Club and founded his own Volleyball clinic called the Next Level Volleyball Clinic.   

Girard graduated from The University Of Massacussetts Dartmouth in 2019 with a Bachelor Of Arts in Economics. 

Jacob DiTore
Jacob DiTore
Title: Assistant Men's Volleyball Coach
Jacob DiTore makes his return to the Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker Gymnasium as he begins his first season as an Assistant Coach.
 
Jacob graduated cum laude from Emerson College in 2019 obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communication with minors in both Sports Communication and Postcolonial Global Studies. While attending Emerson, Jacob was involved in various different organizations and programs. He was a four-year member of the Men’s Volleyball team, leading the team as a captain 2018-2019. At this time he was the also President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of the Orientation’s Core Staff, and Secretary of Zeta Phi Eta. During DiTore’s senior year, he was acknowledged for his leadership and drive both on and off the court. He was inducted into Emerson’s Purple Key Society in March and one month later was awarded as Emerson Athletic’s Student-Athlete Leader of the Year.
 
On the court: DiTore’s collegiate career began in 2016 against MIT where he recorded his first dig. He finished with 431 career digs, averaging 2.38 d/s his senior season as a libero. His career high (20 digs) came in his final regular-season game against Colby Sawyer which resulted in a W and playoff birth.
 
Prior to returning to his former team, DiTore spent one season at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, N.H. heading the Freshman Girl’s Volleyball program while assisting both JV and Varsity teams. In addition, he coached volleyball at various different summer camps throughout N.H. Jacob made his original return to Emerson in October of 2019 when he was hired to join Institutional Advancements’ Alumni Engagement team. He still remains a full-time staff member in addition to his coaching position.