Resa Provanzano officially joined the Tufts University volleyball staff in March 2019. She brings 14 years of coaching and recruiting experience to the courts, most recently coming off five seasons as the head coach of the Division I UMass Lowell River Hawk women's volleyball program.
Provanzano was named head coach of the UMass Lowell program on February 11, 2014. She led the team's transition from a Division II program into Division I and the America East Conference. She guided the River Hawks to a program-best conference win total in the 2018 season. The team was one of five in America East to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team All-Academic Award as the River Hawks registered a 3.43 team grade point average in 2016 and 2017, which was the second highest of any River Hawk female team over the two semesters.
Previously, Provanzano spent six years (2008-13) as an assistant coach at Division I Northeastern University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). While with the Huskies, she helped the team to an impressive 113-58 overall record (.661 winning percentage), three CAA championship game appearances, two CAA regular-season titles in 2008 and 2011 and two 20-win seasons. She served as recruiting coordinator for the Huskies and assisted in the day to day operations of the program, which included practice plans, scheduling, scouting, budget management and team travel.
Amassing an overall record of 185-89 with nine straight winning seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level, Provanzano has trained 24 All-Conference selections, including three Conference Players of the Year, five Rookies of the Year athletes and one two-time Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to Northeastern, Provanzano was an assistant for two seasons (2006-07) at Alabama Birmingham (UAB) where she helped lead the Blazers to a 51-20 record in a two-year span. In 2006, the school captured its first Conference USA championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. The Blazers followed that up with a second place finish in the Conference USA Tournament in 2007. In her two seasons, Provanzano coached three All-Conference USA selections as well as two Conference USA Newcomers of the Year. Provanzano used her playing experience as a defensive specialist and outside hitter to coach UAB’s single-season record holder for digs.
Prior to her stint at UAB, Provanzano spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern where she served as the recruiting coordinator. She helped lead the Eagles to a 21-11 record and coached a first team All-Southern Conference selection.
A 2005 graduate of Georgia, Provanzano was a four-year letter-winner and two-year captain for the Bulldogs. She led Georgia in digs from 2000-02 and finished her career fifth all-time in school history in digs. The Bulldogs reached the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament semifinals twice while she was playing. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Provanzano was given the Georgia Athletics Sportsmanship Award in 2002 and was named to the SEC Good Works team in 2003.
Resa and her husband Anthony currently live in Peabody, Massachusetts with their son, Tre, and their daughter, Marley.