2010 AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year
Brady Starkey - Concordia University, St. Paul
Stephanie Gravel - Hillsdale College
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 10, 2010) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Concordia University, St. Paul head women's volleyball coach Brady Starkey has been selected as the 2010 AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year, while Hillsdale College associate head volleyball coach Stephanie Gravel has been named the organization's AVCA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Starkey has continued to lead Concordia-St. Paul on the road of national prominence. Even with losing three AVCA All-Americans from 2009, which included two-time AVCA Division II National Player of the Year Maggie McNamara, Starkey's Golden Bears didn't miss a beat. Despite dropping four matches in the month of September, Concordia-St. Paul rattled off a 22-match win streak and found itself exactly where it ended the previous three seasons: hoisting the NCAA Division II National Championship trophy with a 32-4 overall record. The 3-1 victory over No. 2 Tampa in the NCAA final allowed the Golden Bears to lay claim to their fourth consecutive national title, giving the program the first-ever four-peat recorded in NCAA Division I or Division II volleyball.
Concordia-St. Paul didn't have an easy road on its title run, as the Golden Bears knocked off six teams during the postseason that finished the season ranked in the top-20 of the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. As a result, Starkey saw five of his athletes named to the championship's all-tournament team. The Golden Bears continued their dominance in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), as well, as the team turned in its fifth undefeated league record (20-0) in the past six years, won its eighth straight NSIC title and lengthened its 72-match conference win streak.
In his eight seasons at the helm, Starkey has racked up a 272-24 overall record, while his teams have recorded 30-plus win seasons in each of his years as the head coach. Starkey is a five-time NSIC Coach of the Year honoree, a six-time AVCA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year recipient and earned his first AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year award following the 2007 campaign.
Gravel, a 15-year fixture as the Hillsdale associate head volleyball coach, was instrumental in helping the Chargers to a 29-2 season, which saw the squad land in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region semifinals for the second consecutive season. Hillsdale, with its perfect 19-0 league mark, also captured back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular season and tournament titles, and the Chargers strung together a remarkable 28-match win streak during the campaign, as well.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2010 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, December 16. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Annual Convention.