Aaron Seltzer - Biola University
Dan Priest - Indiana Wesleyan University
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 19, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Biola University Head Women's Volleyball Coach Aaron Seltzer has been selected as the 2013 AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year, while Indiana Wesleyan University Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach Dan Priest has been tabbed as the 2013 AVCA NAIA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In Seltzer's twelfth year with the Eagles, he led his team to an outstanding season record of 27-4 and their best start in five years at 15-0. The team qualified for their sixth consecutive national tournament, and qualified for the NAIA national finals berth for the first time since 1997 by sweeping CUI 3-0.
This season, he coached four AVCA NAIA All-Americans: middle hitters Gracee Gallarda and Amy Weststeyn, setter Chelsee Arnitz, and outside hitter Joclyn Kirton. This is the second time Gallarda, Weststeyn, and Arnitz have received AVCA NAIA All-America honors. Four of his players were also named national scholar-athletes this season. Highly respected by his players and his staff, Seltzer was named the GSAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time. His own player, Weststeyn, claimed the GSAC Player of the year, along with four more players being named to the All-GSAC team.
Seltzer has produced a total of 22 All-Americans awards and 31 All-GSAC players, and under his guidance the Eagles have remained in the NAIA Top-25 Poll for 96 straight polls. Seltzer's phenomenal ability to mentor and coach his teams have led him to a career record of 316-106, giving him the most all-time wins record in Biola volleyball history. He is also the first Biola volleyball coach to be named NAIA Coach of the Year since 1981-1982.
Priest, with head coach Candace Moats, led the Wildcats to a 30-12 overall record and an appearance at the NAIA National Championships in Sioux City for the third consecutive year. They won their third straight Crossroads League regular season and tournament championship, and end the season as the No. 17 ranked team in the country with two AVCA NAIA All-Americans. Priest is in his second year at Indiana Wesleyan, and is in charge of the team's defensive play. He has also won back-to-back AVCA NAIA Northeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year.
The AVCA formally presented both coaches their awards 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.