2013 AVCA Men's Division I-II National Coach of the Year
Lexington, Ky. (May 2, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Brigham Young University head men's volleyball coach Chris McGown has been selected as the 2013 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year, while Ball State assistant coach Kevin Furnish has been tabbed the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year.
It has been a dream season for the Cougars led by McGown, as they enter the NCAA National Semifinals with a 25-4 record and the top seed playing No. 4 Penn State University tonight at 8PM PDT. BYU has spent a total of 11 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll in addition to earning the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament. They went on to beat the University of Hawai'i then Long Beach State University to capture their fourth MPSF Championship in program history, and McGown's first since taking over the head coaching position in June of 2011.
Since beginning the season at 7-3, BYU rattled off 12 victories in a row to solidify themselves as the team to beat in the MPSF Conference. Since their most recent loss to then-No. 3 UCLA on April 6, the Cougars have won five consecutive matches.
McGown mentored three 2013 AVCA All-Americans, including Newcomer of the Year and First-Team All-American Ben Patch. In addition to Patch, Taylor Sander found himself on the first team for the second consecutive year and Russ Lavaja earned second team honors.
He holds a career record of 49-11 in just his second season as the head coach.
Furnish, now in his 14th year as the assistant coach, has been one of the key figures in Ball State's success on and off the court. He is in charge of team defense. Since the most recent statistical rankings from the NCAA on April 21, the Cardinals are ranked first in the country with 2.99 blocks per set and 10.87 digs per set. Furnish's middles were selected to the First and Second Team All-MIVA.
The three-year Ball State letter-winner organizes the team's community service projects. These have included working for Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank and other community service organizations.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their award at the 2013 jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, December 19. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention.