2013 AVCA Men's NAIA National Coach of the Year

4/19/2013

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2013 AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year
Trevor Johnson - Concordia University Irvine

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Concordia University Irvine Head Coach Trevor Johnson has been selected as the AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.

In his first year as the head men's volleyball coach, Johnson directed the Eagles to an overall record of 21-7 and an appearance in the program's first ever NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament Championship presented by Tachikara.  They enter as the overall No. 2 seed and the top seed in Pool B, where they defeated St. Ambrose and Missouri Baptist to head to the national semifinals.

 

In Concordia-Irvine's first year competing in the MAMVIC National Conference, they went a perfect 3-0 in the regular season before winning all four matches at the National Conference Tournament.  After starting the season ranked seventh in the NAIA national poll, they reached a No. 1 ranking on March 25th and are currently ranked second behind Park University.

 

The Eagles proved this year they are one of the elite offensive teams in the nation.  Junior Kevin Fiske was voted the National Conference Setter of the Year while junior opposite Naseri Tumanuvao and junior middle blocker Brett Anema were both voted First-Team All-Conference.  Fiske averages 9.37 assists per set, setting Tumanuvao who averages 3.40 kills per set while Anema was a constant in the middle, leading the team in sets played (108) and second in total blocks (76).  Johnson coached two 2013 AVCA NAIA All-Americans in Tumanuvao and middle blocker Mark Metrakos (106 total blocks).  Concordia-Irvine joins Park as the only two schools with multiple AVCA NAIA All-Americans.

 

Before joining the men's team, the player-turned-coach served as the top assistant for the Concordia women's team that finished as a runner-up at the 2011 NAIA National Championship.  In 2012, Johnson was selected as an AVCA Thirty Under 30 recipient that honors the top 30 coaches in the game who are 30 years old or younger.  He was a four-year starter from 2002-2005 at the now Division II California Baptist, graduating as the program leader in assists (3,820).  He later returned to the Lancers in a coaching capacity and helped Blair Penner break his record in 2011 (4,065).

 

The AVCA will formally present Johnson his 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.

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