AVCA Announces Thirty Under 30 Recipients


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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its Thirty Under 30 Awards. This award was created in 2009 to honor thirty of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game.  A nomination period was held in the fall, with the requirement that the nominees had to be younger than 30 years old in 2010. The list of winners was announced in the February/March edition of Coaching Volleyball.


"We are very proud of the smart, energetic young people who are choosing to enter our profession," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "This second strong class of overachievers means the future is bright for both volleyball players and the AVCA."  


Of the thirty recipients, 19 are assistant coaches and 11 are head coaches. Nine are NCAA Division II women's coaches, eight are NCAA Division I women's coaches, three are NCAA Division III women's coaches, three coach NCAA Division I-II men, two are from Two-Year Colleges, two are club coaches and one is a high school girl's coach. Two of the recipients double-up as club coaches.  Four of this year's recipients - Giovana Melo, Kelly Morrisroe, George Mulry and J.T. Wenger - also received the inaugural award a year ago, as they have continued to demonstrate excellence in this profession.



Thirty Under 30 Award Recipients


Lisa Axel, Assistant Coach

Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO (NCAA Division II)


Jake Beiter, Head Coach

Medaille College, Buffalo, NY (NCAA Division III)


Jason Bibler, Graduate Assistant Coach

Angelo State, San Angelo, TX (NCAA Division II)


Laura Bindon, Assistant Coach

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (NCAA Division III)


Casey Dale, Head Coach

Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (NCAA Division III)


Doug English, Assistant Coach

George Washington University, Washington, DC (NCAA Division I)


Christopher Feliciano, Head Coach

Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club, Westfield, NJ (Club)


Jim Finn, Associate Head Coach

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA (NAIA)


Kristi Fiorillo, Assistant Coach

University of Tennessee Martin, Martin, TN (NCAA Division I)


Mike Gawlik, Assistant Coach

Michigan State University, Lansing, MI (NCAA Division I)


Kandice Kelly, Assistant Coach

University of Montana, Missoula, MT (NCAA Division I)


David Hunt, Assistant Coach

Pepperdine University (Men), Malibu, CA (NCAA Division I-II)


Laura Kuhn, Assistant Coach

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (NCAA Division I)


Danielle MacKnight , Head Coach

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY (NCAA Division II)


Giovana Melo, Head Coach

Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE (NJCAA Division I)


Kelly Morrisroe, Assistant Coach

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL (NCAA Division II)


George Mulry, Head Coach

Longmeadow High School, Longmeadow, MA (High School)


Jonathan Newman-Gonchar, Assistant Coach

UC San Diego, San Diego, CA (NCAA Division II)


Ashley Pederson-Buckley, Head Coach

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (NCAA Division II)


Michelle Piantadosi, Assistant Coach

Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL (NCAA Division II)


Barrett Schitka, Head Coach and Program Coordinator

Kitchener-Waterloo Predators Volleyball Club (Boys and Girls), Ontario, Canada (Club)


Matt Shubin, Assistant Coach, Club Director

Cal State Northridge (Men) / Achieve Volleyball Club, West Hills, CA (NCAA Division I-II/Club)


Flavia Siqueira, Head Coach

Northwest College, Powell, WY (NJCAA Division I)


Sarah Smith, Head Coach

Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV (NCAA Division II)


Kari Thompson, Assistant Coach

North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (NCAA Division I)


Tabitha Turner, Head Coach

University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL (NCAA Division II)


Erin Virtue, Assistant Coach

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (NCAA Division I)


J.T. Wenger, Assistant Coach

UCLA (Men) / Palisades Volleyball Club, Los Angeles, CA (NCAA Division I-II/Club)


Jamie Wozniak, Assistant Coach

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI (NAIA)            


Dave Zelenock, Associate Head Coach

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI (NCAA Division I)




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