2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year
David Rehr - Blinn College
Traci Reach - Illinois Central College
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 7, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Blinn College head women's volleyball coach David Rehr has been selected has the 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year, while Ilinois Central College assistant coach Traci Reach has been named the organization's AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Assistant Coach of the Year.
It's been a fun season for Blinn College Head Coach David Rehr. First, he gets inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame, and then just a few days later won the program's second ever national championship to cap off a perfect 38-0 record. After winning District K, they entered the National Tournament as the No. 1 seed and they didn't disappoint, defeating Gadsden State Community College, Eastern Arizona, San Jacinto and finally Western Wyoming. Two Buccaneers won All-Tournament honors in Preslie Alexander and Jaclynn Gerig. He was also named the Southwest Region Coach of the Year, whch is the third time Rehr has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Coach of the Year after taking home the honor in 2006 and 2008.
In his nine seasons at Blinn, Rehr has built the program into a perennial powerhouse, winning eight NJCAA Regional Championships (2003-2008, 2010-2011), along with eight Region XIV titles (2003-2006, 2008-2011). In 2008, Rehr brought home the program's first ever NJCAA National Championship, finishing the season with a 33-2 mark. Prior to his arrival at Blinn in 2003, the program had not previously earned a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. In his inaugural season, the Buccaneers went 43-2, followed by a string of successful campaigns and seven appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament.
He was named athletic director in June of 2007 and became the first head coach since Leroy Dreyer to serve in a dual role as Blinn's athletic director and head coach. He served in this capacity from 2007-2011. With Rehr as athletic director, Blinn achieved unparalleled success in all sports. In 2008, his volleyball team won the NJCAA National Championship, producing two All-Americans and the National Player of the Year.
Reach has been an assistant coach at Illinois Central for 20 years and played an integral role in the program's 29-13 overall record in 2011, which included a No. 7 seed in the NJCAA Division II Tournament, their eighth consecutive appearance. With Reach's guidance, the Cougars finished the season eighth in the NJCAA Division II final poll. Back in 2009, Reach alongside Head Coach Sue Sinclair won the program's first ever national championship. In addition to her duties at ICC, Reach also serves as the team's athletic trainer.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2011 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, December 15. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention.