The 2014 season marks John Corbelli’s 22nd year as the top assistant at Texas A&M. The mastermind in volleyball training, analysis and strategy provides more than 35 years of overall coaching experience to the Aggie volleyball program, having coached at the Olympic, national and collegiate levels throughout his career.
John and his wife, Laurie, came to Texas A&M in 1993, when Laurie was named head coach of the Aggies. John was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach in 1995.
Aggie volleyball teams have reached the NCAA tournament 17 times with the Corbellis at the helm and have tallied a combined 443-212 record and a .676 winning percentage over the last 21 years. The Corbellis directed the Aggies to within one match of reaching the Final Four in both 1999 and 2001 and have led A&M to the NCAA regional semifinals six times, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2009. Furthermore, the Aggies have reached the 20-win milestone 14 times during the Corbellis’ tenure, and A&M has been ranked in the final Top 25 Poll 10 times in the last 19 years.
In addition to coaching the Aggies, John also has served two stints as assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team, including the 2008 team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship at Saltillo, Mexico.
Prior to coming to A&M, John was at San Jose State, where he spent three years as the head women's volleyball coach and five years as an assistant coach. He was hired as the head coach prior to the 1991 season after serving as the interim head coach in 1990.
In his first season at San Jose State's helm, John guided the Spartans to a 21-8 record and their ninth-consecutive postseason appearance. After the Spartans went 12-14 in 1991, his 1992 squad posted a 14-17 record and placed fifth in the competitive Big West conference race.
Born in Denver, Colo., and raised in Hawai'i, John earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1979 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the nationally ranked Gauchos. John also excelled on the international level as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team for the 1978-79 seasons and competed at the 1979 World University Games.
Upon his graduation from UCSB, John made his collegiate coaching debut at his alma mater, serving as the assistant coach for both the Gaucho men's and women's volleyball teams for a season. He then spent a year playing professionally for Savonlinnan Ajo in Savonlinnan, Finland, before returning to the coaching ranks in 1981, serving as an assistant for the Big Eight Conference champion Nebraska Cornhuskers.
In 1982, John was named an assistant coach for the U.S. National Women's Volleyball Team. During his tenure, the team — which included his future wife, Laurie Flachmeier — won a silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, as well as at the 1984 Olympics.
John joined the coaching staff at San Jose State in July 1985 and also served as the head coach of the Chrysler Women's Volleyball Team that won USVBA national championships in both 1987 and 1988.
Before coming to A&M, John and Laurie earned recognition for being the only husband and wife to serve concurrently as head coaches of Division I volleyball programs. They coached against each other in California, with John at San Jose State and Laurie at Santa Clara. They coached against each other four times, with John leading the head-to-head series, 3-1.
With their elite playing experience and coaching knowledge, John and Laurie continue to be one of the most highly respected coaching duos in the country and one of only a handful of husband-wife coaching tandems.
John and Laurie have two children, daughter Rachel, born May 9, 1991, and son Russell, born June 28, 1994.