Adriano de Souza
Adriano de Souza

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Universidade Estadual de Campinas '97

Adriano de Souza's coaching resume' spans two continents and boasts stints at the club, high school and collegiate levels.

de Souza spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Miami University before coming to Illinois State, serving in a variety of capacities for the RedHawks, including assisting in practice design and development, season planning and assessment; and scouting opponents. In 2007, de Souza was instrumental in helping Miami reach the NCAA Tournament after capturing the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship. Two of Miami's wins came against nationally-ranked Ohio, the four-time defending conference champion. The only other team to sweep the Bobcats in 2007 was national runner-up Stanford.

In his first season (2005), the RedHawks recorded the most wins (17) since the 1998 Mid-American Conference championship team went 27-8. In 2006, Miami finished fourth in the MAC regular-season race, the RedHawks' best finish since 2000.

de Souza brings a diverse volleyball background to the Redbird program. He was a volunteer assistant at Kent State in both the 2003 and 2004 seasons, while completing his master's degree in sports pedagogy. He also volunteered as an assistant coach with the boy's volleyball team at Stow (Ohio) High School in 2004, and as the head coach of the Club Q Sport 17's team in 2004-05. Prior to his stint in Ohio,his coaching career in the U.S. started with two years as the head women's volleyball coach at Union College (Ky.) while he took postgraduate courses. He led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the Mid-South Conference and the program's first NAIA regional appearance in his final season (2000).

de Souza is originally from Brazil, a country with a great volleyball history and tradition, and he began playing the sport at the age of 14. He spent three years (2001-03) as the volleyball coach and co-administrator for two men's teams in the city of Rio Claro, Brazil. His under-21 men's team was the regional runner-up all three years, while his under-19 men's team was the APV League Champion in 2001, and posted a runner-up finish in 2002. In 1999, de Souza mentored the under-21, under-19 and under-16 women's programs at Club Regatas in Campinas, Brazil, before coming to the U.S.

He also served a three-year stint as the head men's volleyball coach at the State University of Campinas (1995-97), where his team won sectional championships in 1996 and 1997, finished second at the Metropolitan Championships in 1995 and 1996, and placed third in 1997.

Since 2001 Adriano has worked with Antonio Rizola, the head coach of the Brazilian Junior National Team, in developing methods to improve players game intelligence in preparation for South American and World Championships. In 2007 he volunteered for the Brazilian Youth National Team when it competed at the World Championship in Mexico under Rizola.

He has also been a liaison and interpreter for the United States Women's National Team (1994) and Japanese National Junior Team (1993) in their respective visits to world championship competitions in Brazil.

While in Brazil, de Souza taught physical education at the K-12 level from 1997-98 and also taught courses at the college level from 2001-03.

deSouza has co-authored numerous books and articles on sports and coaching:

  • "Pedagogia dos Esportes" (Sports Pedagogy) - 1999
  • "Pedagogia dos Esportes - em esporte escolar" (Pedalogy of Sports - In School Settings) - 2004
  • "A Player-Centered Approach to Coaching" - Article in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with Dr. Judy Oslin (Kent State), 2008
  • "TGfU as a Coaching Methodology" - Chapter in the book More Teaching Games for Understanding - Moving Globally with Dr. Steve Mitchell (Kent State), 2010
  • "Handball Coaches Perceptions About the Value of Working Competencies Accoring to Their Coaching Background" - Article in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine with Dr. Isabel Mesquita (University of Porto, Portugal) - 2011

At the 2008 American Volleyball Coaches Association coaching conference, de Souza presented the seminar "Developing Game Intelligence and Empowerment Coaching: Planning, Practice Administration and Performance Evaluation." While coaching at Illinois State, de Souza continues researching on sports pedagogy and coaching approaches.

de Souza graduated with his bachelor's degree from Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil in December 1997, and completed his master's degree at Kent State in May 2006.