Lexington, Ky. (May 2, 2013) - TheAmerican Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce thatBrigham Young University head men's volleyball coach Chris McGown has beenselected as the 2013 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year, whileBall State assistant coach Kevin Furnish has been tabbed the AVCA Division I-IIMen's National Assistant Coach of the Year.
It has been a dream season for the Cougars led by McGown, as they enter theNCAA National Semifinals with a 25-4 record and the top seed playing No. 4 PennState University tonight at 8PM PDT. BYU has spent a total of 11 weeksranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll in addition to earning the No. 1 seed inthe MPSF Tournament. They went on to beat the University of Hawai’i thenLong Beach State University to capture their fourth MPSF Championship inprogram history, and McGown’s first since taking over the head coachingposition in June of 2011.
Since beginning the season at 7-3, BYU rattled off 12 victories in a row tosolidify themselves as the team to beat in the MPSF Conference. Sincetheir most recent loss to then-No. 3 UCLA on April 6, the Cougars have won fiveconsecutive matches.
McGown mentored three 2013 AVCA All-Americans, including Newcomer of the Yearand First-Team All-American Ben Patch. In addition to Patch, TaylorSander found himself on the first team for the second consecutive year and RussLavaja 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 keyfigures in Ball State’s success on and off the court. He is in charge ofteam defense. Since the most recent statistical rankings from the NCAA on April21, the Cardinals are ranked first in the country with 2.99 blocks per set and10.87 digs per set. Furnish’s middles were selected to the First andSecond Team All-MIVA.
The three-year Ball State letter-winner organizes the team’s community serviceprojects. These have included working for Habitat for Humanity, Second HarvestFood Bank and other community service organizations.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their award at the 2013 jostensCoaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, December 19. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Nazareth College men's volleyball coach Cal Wickens has been selected as the 2013 AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year, while Juniata College assistant coach, Pat Shawaryn, has been named the AVCA Division III Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year. This is Wickens' second honor in three years after winning it in 2011.
Coaching one of the best Division III programs in the country, Wickens once again led his Golden Flyers to a dominating season as they host the NCAA Tournament beginning today. They opened the season winning 31 consecutive matches, not losing until they faced then-No. 6 SUNY New Paltz in the final match of the regular season.
After starting the year at No. 6 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, Nazareth reached a No. 2 ranking three polls later on February 12, and has not dipped below that second spot since, even ranking atop the nation four consecutive weeks from March 5-April 2. Nazareth currently is tops in the nation in assists per set (12.83) and kills per set (13.86) while ranking second in team hitting percentage (0.327).
With the 34-1 record leading up to the NCAA Tournament, Wickens is now 220-70 in his almost nine years coaching men's volleyball. He mentored three 2013 AVCA Men's Division III First-Team All-Americans and one Second-Team All-American, including National Player of the Year EJ Wells-Spicer.
Shawaryn, a 2004 Juniata graduate and four-time Juniata men's volleyball varsity letter winner, is now in his third season assisting head coach Kevin Moore. He serves as the program's lead recruiting coordinator, is responsible for training the passers, and prepares defensive scouting reports and schemes for opponents. Under his guidance, the Eagles clinched their first NCAA Tournament berth when they swept UC Santa Cruz to win the Continental Volleyball Conference Tournament.
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.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce Grand View University (28-2) Head Coach Donan Cruz as the 2014 AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.
It's been a dream season so far for the Vikings of Grand View University led by head coach Donan Cruz. In their first ever appearance in the NAIA Invitational Tournament Presented by Tachikara, Cruz notched two victories in the first day over both No. 5 Lourdes and No. 4 Clarke to play in the national semifinals later today.
Grand View entered the 2014 season as the No. 4 team in the country, and as the season has progressed they have met or exceeded their expectations. The following week they climbed to the No. 2 spot and have remained there through the most recent poll on April 1st. They are currently one of the hottest teams in the nation being winners of 11 in a row, not having lost a match since March 7th to No. 1 Concordia Irvine. In those 11 matches they have dropped just a total of four sets.
The Vikings have one of the most feared offenses in the nation leading the NAIA in hitting percentage (.308) and 192 service aces (1.9 per set) while also ranking No. 4 in kills per set (12.6) and No. 3 in assists per set (11.9). Individually, Cruz coached two AVCA NAIA All-Americans in freshman outside hitter Pedro Cardoso and senior middle blocker Nikola Vukicevic. Cardoso was named the AVCA NAIA Player of the Year on the eve of the Invitational at the Kickoff Banquet.
The AVCA will formally present Donan his award at the 2014 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, December 18th. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention.