Ben Read
Ben Read
Title: Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach
Phone: 617-824-8955

Now entering his fourth year at Emerson, success has followed nearly every step of his playing and coaching career without exception at Emerson. In addition, he has concluded several coaching jobs at high levels of achievement at Wheaton, Johnson & Wales, UConn and UNH, as well as several club teams.

Thus far in his tenure at Emerson, Read made back-to-back conference championship appearances with the women's squad, with the Lions taking home the GNAC title in 2012, as well as advancing on to an NCAA Tournament appearance. For the women's program, Read has compiled a 43-19 overall and 23-2 conference record. On the men's side Coach Read has seen the program turn the corner, making back-to-back conference tournament appearances the last two years with their first tournament win in program history coming in 2013.

Read was an essential part of UNH’s back-to-back America East Championship seasons and two NCAA appearances from 2002 to 2004, which he immediately followed up with a Championship season for the Seacoast Juniors Volleyball Club before moving onto athletic powerhouse UConn where he was a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Huskies. While at UConn, Read contributed to nearly every facet of the team’s day-to-day functions, with responsibilities ranging from team practice to game strategy and video breakdown.

In 2006, he took over the Head Coaching duties at Wheaton College, where he continued his upward progression in transforming the program while managing every aspect of the program from implementing strength and conditioning programs to running the operations budget and developing recruitment plans.

Prior to his success on the sidelines, Read was also a formidable force on the court where he played for the UNH Wildcats, whose squad he captained during the 2002 season and remains active in both indoor and outdoor volleyball tournaments including adult nationals  in 2007-’09 and 2011.

Zachary Pindara
Zachary Pindara
Title: Assistant Volleyball Coach

Zachary Pindara joins the Lions for the 2016-17 Season

Pindara is currently the Head Coach for the Wellesley High School Girls Volleyball Freshman team and an assistant for the Varsity team. In addition, Pindara is a referee in the Nashoba Valley Volleyball League and was the head coach for the MGA Volleyball Club from 2014-2015.

When not on the court, Pindara is a Property Management Assistant for Wingate Properties and he is currently pursuing a degree in Finance.

Emerson Athletics is excited to have Coach Pindara on staff!

Patrick MacDonald
Patrick MacDonald
Title: Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator

Patrick MacDonald joins the Emerson community as the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach.  MacDonald joins with a multitude of coaching expereince, most recently of Club Ace in Long Island, New York.  MacDonals also has expereince coaching with the Eagles of Boston College as a VOlunteer Assistant Coach and as the Head Coach of the Junior Varsity Men's Team at Brookline High School.

MacDonald is a native of Floral Park, New York and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Lasell College. MacDonald earned Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year Honors in 2017 as a member of the Men's Volleyball team at Lasell.