Open Announce

Nick Ziegelmann Joins Lobo VB as Director of Ops / Technical Coordinator

by Connor Gilbert

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Head Volleyball Coach Jon Newman-Gonchar announced the addition of Nick Ziegelman to his staff as the Lobos’ Director of Operations & Technical Coordinator on Thursday ahead of the upcoming season.

Ziegelmann joins UNM after working outside of college sports for the past five years – he most recently served as Vice President of Business Development at ICON International, a specialized finance company where he worked with finance, marketing and legal teams to coordinate media and procurement for clients. He’s also served as Director of New Business after working in sales operations and serving as a national media associate during his time there dating back to October 2019.

“We knew from the very first phone call that Nick had what we were looking for,” said Newman-Gonchar on the hire. “He’s driven to learn and wants to be the best servant leader he can — plus he has the interpersonal skills that will allow him to thrive in all the demands that the job requires.”

Before that, Ziegelmann worked as a team manager and social media strategist for Washington State’s Women’s Volleyball team for two years, assisting with video work, practice planning and management of the team’s social media channels. The Cougars reached the NCAA Tournament in both seasons, going all the way to the Sweet 16 in 2018.

“I’m excited to join the all-star cast of UNM staff and student athletes to help advance the incredible sport of volleyball,” Ziegelmann said. “Thank you to Coach Jon, April [Sanchez], and Matt [Kuelpman] for this fantastic opportunity.”

A five-time honor roll member at WSU, Ziegelmann graduated in 2019 with a BS in Economic Sciences, double minoring in Business Administration as well as Sport Management.

“We’re thrilled to have Nick on board,” Newman-Gonchar said. “His positive impact will be felt immediately — the fall can’t get here fast enough!”