AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year

Chris Nichols: Missouri Baptist University
Abbie Wright: Biola University

Lexington, Ky. - (December 11, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Missouri Baptist Head Women's Volleyball Coach Chris Nichols has been selected as the 2015 AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year, while Biola University Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach Abbie Wright has been tabbed as the 2015 AVCA NAIA National Assistant Coach of the Year.

The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2015 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, NE on Thursday, December 17. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention.


Chris Nichols' Fast Facts
Season No. 3 for Nichols leading the Spartans
Spent the previous ten seasons as the assistant and associate head coach
Reached the NAIA National Championship Match for the first time in program history
Finished the season with a 39-5 overall record
Started the 2015 campaign winning 23 of their first 24 matches
Three players earned AVCA NAIA All-American, with two on the first-team
Seven Spartans were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes
Second in the nation kills per set (14.30) and assists per set (13.3)
Setter Ally Krus ranked first in the NAIA in assists per set (12.2)


Abbie Wright's Fast Facts
This is Wright's third year as a Biola assistant
Helped the team rank in the top-5 in hitting percentage (.286) and assists per set (13.0)
Eagles had a 30-4 overall record and 14-2 in the GSAC
Made their sixth consecutive NAIA National Quarterfinals
She played at Biola and still holds the all-time program record in matches played (143), sets played (508) and aces (182)