When the Canisius High School varsity volleyball team begins its campaign for a 22nd consecutive Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championship this fall, it will be led by a new head coach for the first time in more than two decades. Canisius has hired Trevor Gooch '15 to be the new head coach to take over for longtime head coach Tom Weislo who is moving into the role of executive director of volleyball operations.
Gooch was twice named First Team All-Western New York, and earned the Monsignor Martin Player of the Year honor in 2014, while playing for Weislo. Following his high school career Gooch played for Nazareth College.
“This move is a great win for our volleyball program,” says Canisius Director of Athletics Jim Mauro. “Trevor is one of the most passionate and intense athletes I’ve seen during my time here. He will have the opportunity to be mentored by Tom through the season. The experiences Tom can share with Trevor are incredibly valuable.”
In addition to the current 21-year championship streak, highlights of Weislo’s 25-year coaching career at Canisius include two undefeated seasons (2016 and 2021), being named The Buffalo News Coach of the Year in 2014, and induction into the Western New York Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2016. His 2016 team was also named The Buffalo News Prep Talk Team of the Year.
“With my sons entering college in the fall, now seems like the appropriate time to transition into this new role,” says Weislo. “I’m looking forward to spending more time with the entire program and helping our excellent coaches continue our tradition of developing outstanding student-athletes. I’ll still be on the bench, just in a different chair.”