2010 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year
AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year - Amber Warners, Calvin College
AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year - Charles Rodman , Washington University in St. Louis
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 23, 2010) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Calvin College head women's volleyball coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2010 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year, while Washington University in St. Louis assistant women's volleyball coach Charles Rodman has been named the organization's AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In her ninth season as the Calvin head coach, Warners helped the Knights to a magical year in 2010. Calvin earned the program's third MIAA regular season title, took home its first NCAA Regional title since 1992 and captured its first-ever NCAA Division III national championship with a 3-1 victory over Emory on November 22. The Knights' road to their storybook ending was not an easy one, as the squad knocked off nationally-ranked squads Heidelberg (No. 13), Wittenberg (No.2), UMass-Boston (No. 24), Juniata (T-No.3) and Emory (No.1) in the NCAA postseason alone.
Under Warners's direction, the Knights rolled to a 32-4 overall record in 2010 against some tough competition. Calvin faced eight teams ranked in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top-25 Poll this season, posting an 8-4 record in those contests. The Knights began the preseason as the No. 9 team in the poll, vaulted five spots to No. 4 after an early victory over rival Hope, but quickly fell back to No. 9 the following week after suffering a pair of losses to regional foes Wittenberg and Heidelberg. The Knights remained in the poll's top-10 the duration of the season and skyrocketed up the rankings after its postseason push that left the program as the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division III to end the campaign.
Warners, a 1990 Calvin graduate, has compiled a 259-56 record in her time as the Knights' mentor. The program has made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including seven consecutive showings under Warners's guidance. She has also coached the program's only two AVCA Division III Freshman of the Year recipients, current junior Rebecca Kamp (2008) and current freshman Megan Rietema (2010).
Rodman has been with the Washington-St. Louis volleyball program since 2005 and has most recently taken on the role of training the squad's defensive specialists and liberos. As a result of his efforts, the Bears' own libero, sophomore Kelly Pang, has twice been selected an AVCA Division III First-Team All-American and was the 2009 AVCA Division III Freshman of the Year. In Rodman's time with the program, Wash U. has captured two national titles (2007and 2009) and has remained a perennial power in the Division III volleyball world, ending the 2010 campaign with a 35-4 record and a No.3 ranking in the final AVCA Division III Coaches top 25 Poll of the season.
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.