SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Nancy Saggio, the head volleyball coach at Union Catholic, was presented with a prestigious Legends of Volleyball Award by the NJSIAA during the Tournament of Champions this past Saturday at William Paterson University.

This prestigious award is awarded to those who have truly been a leader and a contributor to girls volleyball in New Jersey who through their distinguished achievements have attained excellence and contributed a positive and dynamic impact upon the sport of girls volleyball in New Jersey.

"It's nice to be honored and have my body of work appreciated by the NJSIAA,'' said Coach Saggio. "It was nice that they my team, IHA, Bogota, Williamstown, and Demarest stand around the court when they called me down and read my bio.  

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Coach Saggio, a 1988 graduate of Union Catholic who played volleyball at UC and Caldwell College, took over the program at Union Catholic in 1995 from John Ferguson, who was Saggio's coach when she played at UC. Since then, she has built the Vikings into a perennial state powerhouse and put together a legendary career..

A member of the Union Catholic Hall of Fame Class of 2012, Coach Saggio added to her remarkable resume this past season when she reached another magical milestone by notching her 500th victory as UC's head volleyball coach.

Coach Saggio's career record at UC now stands at an astonishing 519-133, and she has an overall career coaching record of 562-152. She went 43-19 as head coach at Mt. St. Dominic from 1995-97.

This past season was one of the best of Saggio's career as she led the Vikings to a 30-2 record, the second time she's captured 30 wins, the Union County Conference Championships, the Union County title, and the Non-Public Section B championship. UC, currently ranked No. 2 in the state,advanced to the Non-Public State Championship for the second straight year this fall is currently ranked No. 2 in New Jersey. 

In her career, Coach Saggio has now captured 21 conference titles, 13 Union County Championships, and one state title. Eighteen of her teams have been ranked in the state's Top 20, and she's has twice been named the State Coach of the Year.