Petrone comes to Asheville after working at Robert Morris University for one season. He helped direct the Colonials to 14 wins in 2009 and a semi-final berth in the Northeast Conference Tournament. When head coach Rob Thomas resigned in February, Petrone served as interim head coach for the Robert Morris program during the spring season.
"I'm very excited about Kellan joining our program," stated Torbett. "He is an up-and- coming coach who comes highly recommended from some of the top volleyball coaches in the country. I believe he will be a tremendous asset."
"I am thrilled to come work at UNC Asheville," stated Petrone. "The campus is beautiful, and Asheville is a great place to live. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to work for an outstanding coach in Julie Torbett. I am ready to work hard, and help Coach Torbett bring out the best in our student-athletes with the goal of future Big South Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances.
The Pittsburgh native has a varied background, both playing and coaching.
In 2004, Petrone founded the Duquesne men's volleyball club team and served as its president from 2004-2008. In 2006, the Dukes finished tied for fifth out of 32 teams in the Penn-Ohio Volleyball League and matched that finish in 2007. That same year, he was named to the Penn-Ohio Volleyball League All-Star team.
During the past several years, Petrone has been an assistant coach for several high caliber high school squads, while also coaching for United Volleyball Club. In the spring of 2005, Petrone began working as the assistant coach for the Fox Chapel High School boys' volleyball team. During his first year with the Foxes, the team was ranked third in the WPIAL and 16th in the state. In 2006, Fox Chapel captured a WPIAL Championship and was also a Pennsylvania state finalist and in 2008 the Foxes made it to a consecutive WPIAL final.
In the fall of 2007, Petrone began his duties as assistant coach for the Moon Area High School girls' team. That year, the Tigers won the WPIAL Championship and finished the season tied for eighth in the state.
Petrone began his playing career at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School and in 2004 led the Vikings as high as No. 2 in the Pennsylvania state rankings throughout the course of the season. That same year, he was named to the All-WPIAL First Team and was all-section first team selection. In addition, he was a member of the all-tournament team after Pittsburgh Central Catholic took home the championship at the 2004 Montour Volleyball Tournament. He was named an all-section all star in 2003.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Petrone graduated from Duquesne University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship.
The UNC Asheville volleyball team captured the 2009 Big South Conference regular-season championship and finished with a 25-10 overall record.