Israel Delgado enters his second year as head women's volleyball coach for the College of Central Florida. He led the Lady Patriots to a Mid-Florida Conference runner-up finish and eighth-straight FCSAA state tournament appearance in his inaugural season at the helm.
In his first season as head coach, Delgado's squad finished first in the state in total digs (2,365) and total blocks (275), while finishing Top 5 in digs per set (19.23) and total kills (1,402). CF also ranked Top 5 in FCSAA poll for four consecutive weeks. The team also finished Top 10 in the following categories: total assists (1,268), blocks per set (2.24), and kills per set (11.40).
Delgado amassed four all-conference selections, as well as an all-state selection in Marina Cruz. He also aided all sophomores in moving onto the four-year level, including standout middle blocker Veronica Brod Farias who signed with Virginia Commonwealth University.
Delgado became just the third head coach since the program's inception in 2011 and inherited a program rich in winning tradition, as the Lady Patriots captured the Mid-Florida Conference title seven consecutive years.
Delgado cames to CF after serving as an assistant coach for current and former conference rivals, Santa Fe College and Polk State College. Delgado helped lead Santa Fe to its first-ever trip to the NJCAA national tournament, finishing fourth, in 2016 and followed that up by leading Polk to a NJCAA No. 5 finish in 2017. While at Santa Fe, Delgado was in charge of the middle blockers, a group of players that recorded 17 total blocks in the FCSAA semifinals and 14 in the NJCAA quarterfinals.
Delgado first moved to Florida in 2014 to join Vision Volleyball Club as Director of Player Development. There he helped bring in top local talent, while also helping players move onto NCAA, NJCAA, and NAIA institutions.
Prior to moving to Florida, Delgado coached at many levels in Puerto Rico for 21 years. His experience includes stints with the national team, the University of Puerto Rico, and Club Borinquen Coqui Volleyball, one of the premier clubs in Puerto Rico.
In 1998, Delgado started his work at Borinquen Coqui Volleyball Club where he gained respect as one of the top coaches in the area. He won six boys USAV National Titles, one USAV National Title for girls' 17U, and finished third in the boys 18U division.
Delgado was then named the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus in 2005. During his four years, Delgado's squads posted a 56 -23, elevating the level of the volleyball program.
Delgado also served as first assistant for the Puerto Rican Boys National Team on several occasions. In 2006, he helped lead the national team to a runner-up finish at the NORCECA Youth Championships in Miami, qualifying them for the world championships in Italy in 2007.
Delgado holds a bachelors in physical education from the University of Puerto Rico. He is also FIVB Level I certified and USAV Cap 2 certified. Delgado is married to Michelle Santoni and they have three kids, Javier, Andres and Adriel.