Dennis is not only a great coach and mentor, but the best resource for recruiting. He sees talent and has a way of finding the perfect fit, whether it be NAIA or D1 and everything in between. He has a way of finding the right fit for every athlete that wants to play.
We met Dennis in 2012 when my daughter was just 14 and within a few short months we had all sorts of coaches looking at her play and making offers. She looked at a few dozen schools and we visited 13 before she finally made he choice. Not only did we see what he did for her, but for player in his club that made effort to follow up with coaches and do their part.
I have nothing but high praise for him and his team. Do what he says and you won’t regret it!
Dennis was so helpful during the recruitment process. He has strong relationships with his players as well as the college coaches. As a result, he is able to find a great match for both the school and the player. His knowledge and expertise in the area of recruiting are unparalleled.
My daughter is Elizabeth Eardly, Class of 2017. She was on Dennis' team her senior year in high school. She came to the team as a Middle, but also played OH. To tell the truth, Dennis actually had her playing wherever she was needed. I remember when the whole recruiting process started and for us, it wasn't until her senior year. Elizabeth wanted to experience going out of state and not being within driving distance of home. With that being said, within a blink of an eye, we had two colleges that were interested. Colorado Mesa University and Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. She did her visit to Colorado and scheduled a time for Lindsey Wilson (she never ended up going on that visit). The next thing we found out, Dennis was face timing a coach from Lamar University in Texas of her practices and sending him videos as well. Now get this, the coach from Lamar offered Elizabeth a place on his team without even seeing her play in person. Elizabeth went and did her official visit and was offered a four year full ride. She took it. Christmas time came of Elizabeth's first year at Lamar. She had just one more week and then she would fly back to college, but I found out that Lamar was not the right fit for her. The next night we met with Dennis (Sunday night). He told us not to worry about it and said he would find her another school. Monday morning at 10am we received a call from Dennis saying he found a school that wants her. Thursday and Friday she did her visit. Sunday flew back to Lamar, Monday packed up her dorm room and flew to Saint Louis, Missouri, Tuesday started school at Maryville University. She is in her second year of college and couldn't be happier at Maryville. So, to all the parents that are freaking out that their child won't get a scholarship, do not worry, Dennis knows everyone. You are in great hands with him. We can't say enough wonderful words about Dennis. We love and respect him so much, he's family.
Dennis Palpallotoc is by far the best resource there is in volleyball recruiting! He has been doing it for so long he has many contacts and is well connected with college coaches. His phone is constantly ringing at all hours of the day about his players and he knows what he’s doing. He helps each and every person to their highest potential in the gym and it pays off in college. Your daughter or son will be ahead of the game in college because he preps you so much. Don’t go anywhere else!!! We’re so happy we had him in our corner to help us and you will be to!!!
Dennis has changed my life! I played for him my senior year of high school, and with his coaching and mentoring he opened me up to a whole new world of opportunities that I didn’t know were possible before. I got exposure to colleges that I never thought I would be put into the position of playing at. He not only got me committed to college my senior year of high school, but he also helped me find a new college after my first semester when I realized I needed a change. Because of Dennis I am the first person in my family to go to college. I am forever grateful for what Dennis has done for me and my future. There is no one better than Dennis to not only prepare you to play volleyball at a high level, but to prepare you for life!
When you want steak, you order fillet mignon… When you fly you want first class. When you want the best recruiting for your volleyball player, you seek out Dennis Palpallotoc. His years spent in the Volleyball world has enabled him to make friendships and connections with coaches at every level of college play. His expertise can help make what can sometimes be a stressful and emotional time, a hopeful and exciting time in their volleyball career. His experience and scholarship placements in my opinion are unsurpassed. He has helped my daughter with not one, but two D1 scholarships as she transitioned from one University to another. Both fantastic placements at the time based on major, academics and level of play. His mentoring prepares his players to be court ready for their college teams. Ned Vizmanos is your “ go to guy “ as well if you need a fabulous video submission or great action shots of your player for recruitment purposes. Tara works silently behind the scenes to help make it all happen. I proudly give this team at Showcase Sports my highest recommendation.
I played on Dennis’s 18-1’s team from my sophomore year to senior year of HS. Throughout those years I’ve seen not only myself but teammates go through the recruiting process with Dennis, I cannot stress to you how easy it is with Dennis on your side. There have been players at my club that get full rides to college who haven’t even been watched by the head coach but are recruited into the team because of Dennis’s word. No matter if Dennis has known you for 6 years or just a year, his goal is to get you to the best college that is in need of your position. Dennis has strong relationships with college coaches within all different levels and divisions, many coaches wish they had the relationships Dennis has. Whether you are in high school trying to find a school, or looking to transfer from a different college/university, Dennis is the person you should go to. I will forever be thankful to Dennis and all he has done for me with recruiting, without him I would not have been able to achieve my goal of playing in the PAC12!
The recruiting process is so intimidating. Having someone like Dennis who has so many connections was critical to getting my daughter to her dream school. He listened to her needs and wants. All he said was, “let me make some calls!” I know she wouldn’t have had the same looks if Dennis hadn’t vouched for her-sometimes we had more than a dozen D1 schools watching her at once. We can’t thank him enough and I can say that in the three years we worked with him, Dennis found spots for every girl who seriously wanted to play at the next level. He loves what he does and he cares about the girls he works with...even after they go to college.
I have been with Dennis since I was playing 12 and under volleyball and never in a million years did I ever think I could get a scholarship to play volleyball at the next level. I was very stressed throughout the whole recruiting process and Dennis always told me “I’m calling a coach tonight and will get back to you, if one doesn’t work out we will find a new one.” When one school didn’t work out, he’d have a plan B, or was already talking to someone new. Dennis makes sure to always have college coaches in the gym, always is talking to them at tournaments, and constantly in touch with everyone... I don’t know one person Dennis doesn’t know. He helped me go on multiple visits, talk to many colleges, and finally helped me find the perfect fit at Azusa Pacific University. I thank Dennis for all the hard work and dedication he put into helping me in the recruiting process.
We are so happy to have you at APU and look forward to you getting in our gym!!!
When I was completely new to the game, I had a vision of playing division one volleyball. Dennis took me in, believed in me, and assured me that my dream was achievable. Throughout all of my years being coached by Dennis, I’ve seen him get every girl who wanted to play college ball get recruited. Whether it was NAIA, division 3, 2, or 1, every girl gets a shot of reaching her dreams and making it a reality with his help. If you’re serious about getting recruited, with your dedication, Dennis can make it happen. Not only just that, but he will make sure to find the perfect fit. His goal is for his athletes to succeed, on top of that, Dennis has a strong relationship with a large amount of college coaches whom trust in Dennis. Dennis absolutely loves what he does and his success with getting girls recruited proves it. I am forever thankful for Dennis, without him, I would not have been able to achieve my dreams and commit to a top 25 volleyball school!
I played for 951 Elite for 3 years and l was fortunate enough to play for Dennis’s team my 18s year. Growing up in the Coachella Valley there is not a whole lot of competitive volleyball and I never thought I could get a college scholarship, a full one at that. Dennis has been invested in me and my future since the first time I walked into the gym. I graduated in 2017 and every single girl on my team that year was recruited. Dennis doesn’t just find schools, but he finds the perfect fit whether it is NAIA, D1, or D2. I had many offers and even was offered full ride scholarships from coaches over the phone, even when they hadn’t seen me play in person. Dennis helped me find my perfect fit, and the ways he has helped me and my family is incredible. I would be at a community college without Dennis and volleyball, but now I am getting one of the most expensive private educations in the country for free. Dennis works so hard behind the scenes and I can’t thank him enough for everything that he has done!
We are grateful to have been part of the 951 family since 2009. Dennis's knowledge of the game and relationship with college coaches created multiple Division 1 recruiting opportunities for Lexi.
His care, consideration, and professionalism with each of his players is the key to his success in the coaching community. Having gone through the recruiting process some years ago it is clear that the collegiate coaches held Dennis in high regard and spoke on many occasions about his honestly, reliability, and passion for the game.
Dennis and the 951 family trained and mentored my daughter resulting in a full scholarship to The University of Tennessee where she was able to excel in both academics and athletics.
Our relationship with Dennis has gone from on the court to lifelong family friendships. I HIGHLY recommend Dennis Palpallatoc for any and all recruiting needs!
Dennis is the hardest working person I’ve met and is determined to getting every single girl recruited and matches them to schools fit for them. He is constantly on the phone with colleges coaches 24/7 and has connections with hundreds of coaches from all over. He always tells his players and parents to not stress/worry because everything will eventually work out in the end. Listen to Dennis because he is very experienced and knows what he is doing. I would’ve never imagined that I could play top level college volleyball and get an amazing education on a volleyball scholarship and I am forever indebted to Dennis for believing and wanting me to achieve my dreams just as much as me