AVCA Division IIII National Coach of the Year - Amber Warners, Calvin College
AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year - Morgan Coberly, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (December 18, 2014) -The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announcethat Calvin College Head Women's Volleyball CoachAmber Warners has been selected as the 2014 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach Morgan Coberly has been named the organization's AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Youseemingly can never run out of superlatives when talking about Amber Warners. This was their third consecutive year advancingto the NCAA Semifinals and 11 consecutive berths into the NCAA Tournament. Overall in her impressive 14-year collegiate career, she hasa record of 415-76 for an astounding win percentage of .845, which is second among active NCAA Division III coaches. TheKnights concluded the 2014 campaign ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll, and reached the top spot for six weeks. The Knights rankedNo. 1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in hitting percentage (.296), assists (12.90/s) and kills(14.10). The .296 hitting percentage also led the nation.
2014boasted another season where Calvin dominated on their home court, not losing a single match in front of the Grand Rapids,Michigan faithful. She also coached the last four AVCA Division III Players of the Year with Rebecca Kamp in 2011, Lizzie Kamp in 2012, Megan Rietema in 2013 and Maggie Kamp in 2014 (all Kamps are sisters). In addition to the player of the year honors, Warnerscoached three AVCA All-Americans this year, including the AVCA Freshmanof the Year Jenna Lodewyk. Individually, this is her third coach of theyear honor after winning it in 2010 and 2012.
Currently in his 10thseason as an assistant coach for CMS, he was instrumental in the team’shistoric 2014 season.They broke a team record with 27 wins and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinals. His main responsibilities includethe offensive playbook, blocking systems and strategy, advanced scouting reports, recruiting, positional practice planningand video and Data Volley review. He also spends time giving back by running local camps and clinics using college facilities.
The AVCA formally presented their awards at the 2014 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma earlier today. The luncheon was held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention.