2011 AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year
DI Head Coach of the Year - Michael Sealy, UCLA
DI Assistant Coach of the Year - Holly Watts, Florida State University
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 15, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that UCLA head women's volleyball coach Michael Sealy has been selected as the 2011 AVCA Division I Coach of the Year, while Florida State University associate head coach Holly Watts has been named the 2011 AVCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year.
In only his second season at the head of the UCLA women's program, Sealy has guided the Bruins to an NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance. Boasting an impressive 28-6 record heading into the final weekend of the 2011 season, the Bruins knocked off Texas and the defending champions, Penn State, in the regional round to earn a match with Florida State in San Antonio, Tx. The semifinal appearance is the 12th for the UCLA program, and the first since 2006.
Under the guidance of Sealy, UCLA posted a 17-5 record in a loaded Pac-12 Conference, good enough for a second-place finish. The Bruins hit full-stride just as postseason play was set to begin, taking then-number one USC to four sets and receiving a ninth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, six Bruins were recognized with All-Conference honors by the Pac-12, and Rachael Kidder was tabbed as an AVCA Division I First-Team All-American.
Sealy returned to his alma mater in 2010 after serving from 2006-2009 as the associate head coach at the University of Hawai'i. He was a standout player on the men's team at UCLA, earning All-American honors in three seasons. He then stayed on as an assistant with the men's team from 2003 to 2006 and also assisted with the women's program during the 2005 season.
After graduating from UCLA in 1993, Sealy headed overseas to continue a professional volleyball career. He also competed on the U.S. National team in both 1994 and 1997.
In her fourth season as the Florida State associate head coach, Holly Watts helped the Seminoles notch a 28-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. After helping Florida State head coach Chris Poole build a consistently competitive program at the University of Arkansas, Watts made the move to Tallahassee and has again seen success. The past three seasons have been the best in program history for the Seminoles. This season, Florida State notched a perfect 14-0 record at home and finished Atlantic Coast Conference play with a record of 18-2.