Diego Castaneda
Diego  Castaneda

After serving as an assistant coach at Wake Forest and North Texas, Diego Castaneda joins the Georgia volleyball coaching staff for the 2016 season.

Coming to Athens after three years at Wake Forest, Castaneda worked primarily with the middle blockers along with scouting opponents, overseeing team travel, acting as the compliance liaison and aiding in recruiting. Castaneda helped a trio of Demon Deacons to conference honors while signing two top 150 recruits in the team’s last class. While in Winston-Salem, Castaneda was head coach of the Deacon Volleyball Academy and an assistant coach for semi-professional team Carolina Flight.

He has also been an assistant coach for Team North Texas of the USA Premier Volleyball League, a regional indoor pro league sanctioned by USA Volleyball. Along with his participation on the PVL, Castaneda served as an assistant for the USA A2 Blue squad that won the Women's Open Division title at the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in Dallas. He has completed the level I of the Coaches Accreditation Program of USA Volleyball.

At North Texas, Castaneda helped the team achieve a 43-29 record over two seasons, culminating with the Mean Green advancing to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game for the first time in the program's history. He also aided with the development of middle blocker Courtney Windham, who earned all-conference first-team honors and finished the year in the top 15 in the NCAA Division I rankings for total blocks. Under his guidance, three of the Mean Green student-athletes garnered conference awards, including one of the nation’s best attackers, Carnae Dillard, being named SBC Freshman of the Year.

Prior to his time in Denton, Castaneda rose through the ranks of the Baylor program throughout six seasons with the Bears. During his stints as a team head manager, graduate assistant coach and director of volleyball operations, he was responsible for Baylor's team statistics, video exchange coordination, facilities preparation and many other facets of the program's day-to-day operations. As the program's graduate assistant coach, he helped the Bears advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2009.

A veteran in the Texas club volleyball scene, Castaneda was a head coach for the Waco Ultimate Volleyball Academy. He has experience officiating and coaching at the club level statewide in Texas, running several camps in the Waco, Houston, and Killeen-Fort Hood areas, and has also coached at camps in Oklahoma and Louisiana. He served as the head coach for the men's club volleyball team at Baylor, leading the Bears to a fifth place finish at the national tournament.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Castaneda earned his bachelor's degree in international business from Baylor in 2008 and graduated with a master's degree in sport management in December 2010.

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