AVCA Division IIII National Coach of the Year - Amber Warners, Calvin College
AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year - Zach Villarreal, University of Texas at Dallas
SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Calvin College Head Women's Volleyball Coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2013 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year, while The University of Texas at Dallas Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach Zach Villarreal has been named the organization's AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In her 12th year as head coach, the Calvin graduate has maintained her outstanding record, leading her team to another remarkable run in their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament. With an astounding record of 35-1, the Knights ended the season as the top-ranked team in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top-25 Final Poll.
In their second consecutive NCAA Championship match appearance, the team managed to overcome a two-set deficit against Cal Lutheran to win their second national title in four years. After falling to the University of St. Thomas in the national championship match in a similar situation in 2012, they were determined to have a different outcome this year. The team did not get to this match easily, having to defeat two AVCA Top-25 teams in high-intensity, five-set matches in the semi and quarterfinal matches.
Warners career at Calvin boasts an impressive resume. This is the third time Warners has received the honor of being selected the AVCA Coach of the Year, winning in 2010 and 2012. With a career win-loss record of 384-72, Warners is ranked second among active NCAA Division III coaches for winning percentage; her record at Calvin is an impressive 363-61 over her twelve years there. She is also one of three coaches in Calvin’s history to win more than one national championship.
The four-time Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year has produced the past three AVCA Division III National Players of the Year, with setter Megan Rietema earning the 2013 award. Sophomore outside Maggie Kamp was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, and was one of four Knights to earn AVCA All-American honors. Warners ability to coach and motivate her players with such outstanding results makes her second-to-none in coaching.
Villarreal, currently in his 10th year at UTD, helped lead the Comets to their winningest season in program history with a record- setting 31-9 campaign. The Comets also were a recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award for the third time, which honors the member institution in each ASC championship sport that best displays positive qualities of sportsmanship and fair play from its student-athletes, coaches and fans throughout the season.
Although he assists with all phases of the UTD program, Villareal’s main focus is training the team’s setters. This year, sophomore setter Kayla Jordan broke the schools record for single-season assists with 1,391.
The AVCA formally presented their awards at the 2013 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle, Washington earlier today. The luncheon was held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention.