Ossie Antonetti Athlete Profile

#3 Ossie Antonetti

Ossie Antonetti
Position: Outside Hitter Height: 6-1 Weight: 180 Roster Years: 1996-1999 Hometown: Trujillo Alto, PR Hall of Fame: 2010

  • 2010 Men's Volleyball




All-America

  • 1996 Freshman Team
  • 1998 Second Team
  • 1999 First Team

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

During his college and professional career, which has extended to the coaching ranks, Oswald I. Antonetti, or "Ossie," has carried the tradition of Cougar Volleyball throughout the world, passing on the values he learned during his time at Brigham Young University.

As a member of the BYU Volleyball Team from 1996-1999, Antonetti led the team in kills for three seasons and was a two-time All-American. He won his first citation in 1998, his junior year, being named Second Team All-American after averaging 5.32 kills and 2.44 digs per game. As a senior, Antonetti accomplished a goal he set for himself early in his BYU career by leading the Cougars to the 1999 NCAA Championship and earning First-Team All-American honors. Ossie was also the MVP of the NCAA Tournament, which was held in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

A successful college career led directly into a pro career for Antonetti, and he was named the Athlete of the Year in Volleyball by the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico in 2000. His next stop was in Europe as a member of the Swiss League, where he was named Best Attacker in 2001. The following year, Antonetti made the Superliga All-Star team in Spain. During his volleyball tours throughout Europe, Antonetti remained a member of Puerto Rican professional volleyball league and was a league champion every season from 2001-2005.

Since retiring from professional volleyball, Antonetti has continued to spread his knowledge of the sport in the coaching ranks. Currently the head coach of Indios de Mayaguez, a men's professional volleyball team in Puerto Rico, Antonetti also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Cal Poly Women's Volleyball Team.

In Puerto Rico, Antonetti works actively in the community to build interest in the sport of volleyball. Over the past five years he has sponsored free volleyball clinics for the youth of his homeland in an effort to introduce volleyball to every corner of the island. For two years Antonetti was the director of Liga de Pueblos, a league to develop the game of volleyball within each municipality of Puerto Rico. Antonetti also worked as an Ambassador of the Central American Games held in Puerto Rico in 2010.

A 1999 graduate in philosophy, Antonetti currently resides in Puerto Rico, after spending six years in Europe following his BYU career. He lives with his wife of ten years, Rosaura; the couple has three children: Leandra (7), Ignacio (2), and Zoe (5 months).

Personal

  • B.A. in philosophy from BYU, 1999
  • Married to wife Rosaura for ten years, and they have three children

Career Highlights

  • Two-time All-American
  • NCAA All-Freshman Team 1996
  • AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Second Team 1998
  • AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First Team 1999
  • Member of the 1999 NCAA National Championship Team
  • AVCA National Player of the Week 1999
  • Two-time First-Team All-MPSF (1998-99)
  • Led the team in kills and digs per game as a junior in 1998 and a senior in 1999
  • Averaged 5.88 kills/set and 1.91 digs/set in 1998
  • Averaged 5.32 kills/set and 2.44 digs/set in 1999

 

Current BYU side-out scoring records

  • Third-most single match kills (41) 1999
  • Third-most single match kill attempts (76) 1999
  • Second-highest single match hitting percentage (.900 (9-0-10)) 1999
  • Third-most single season kills (535) 1999
  • Third-most single season kills per game (5.88 – 91 games) 1999
  • Third-most single season kill attempts (1,057) 1999
  • Second-most career kills (1,449)
  • Second-most career kills per game (5.07)
  • Second-most career kill attempts (2,927)
  • Sixth-highest career hitting percentage (.319)
  • Fourth-most career service aces (58)
  • Fifth-most career digs (600)

Before BYU

  • Two-time MVP of the Puerto Rico prep tournament while at ColegioCalasanz High School in Rio Piedras
  • Team won Puerto Rico school championships
  • Junior National Team all-star at Norcea Tournament

After BYU

  • Member of the Puerto Rican professional volleyball league
  • Played professionally in Europe
  • Since retiring, he works actively to sponsor volleyball in his community
  • Sponsors free volleyball clinics for the youth in Puerto Rico
  • Was the director of Liga de Pueblos
  • Also worked as an Ambassador of the Central American Games held in Puerto Rico in 2010
  • Serves as assistant coach for Cal Poly’s Women’s volleyball team from 2008-present

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Named the Athlete of the Year in Volleyball by the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico 2000
  • Named Best Attacker of the Swiss League 2001
  • Made the Superliga All-Star team in Spain 2002
  • Was a league champion as part of his Puerto Rican professional league 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2010

STATS

Year

MP

K

K/G

E

TA

PCT

A

SA

SE

RE

D

BS

BA

TOT

B/G

1996

85

380

4.47

167

813

0.26

29

21

89

26

188

8

74

82

0.96

1997

47

199

4.23

71

392

0.327

24

9

29

10

84

4

41

45

0.96

1998

63

335

5.32

109

665

0.34

23

12

40

16

154

4

88

92

1.46

1999

91

535

5.88

169

1057

0.35

19

16

22

9

174

6

113

119

1.31



1996 | Freshman Year

  • Named to the NCAA All-Freshman Team
  • Led BYU in digs, aces, games played and kills

1997 | Sophomore Year

  • Missed much of the season after suffering a broken finger in a match on Feb. 28
  • Returned after injury to play in playoffs against Hawai’i and Stanford
  • Had 31 kills versus Cal-Irvine

1998 | Junior Year

  • Second team All-American
  • First-Team All-Conference
  • Played in 21 of 22 matches
  • Averaged team-high 5.32 kills per game and 2.44 digs per game
  • Had 30 kills against UC Irvine and UCSB
  • Had career high in block assists and hitting percentage

1999 | Senior Year

  • NCAA National Champion
  • First-Team All-American
  • First-Team All-MPSF
  • Led the team in kills with 535
  • Averaged a team high 5.88 kills per game and 1.91 digs per game
  • Was third on the team in total blocks and aces with 119 and 16 respectively
  • AVCA National Player of the Week
  • Played in 30 of the 31 matches on the season