Cammie Petree - McMurry University
Erin Davis - Faith Baptist Bible College
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 5, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that McMurry University head women's volleyball coach Cammie Petree has been selected as the 2012 AVCA NCCAA National Coach of the Year, while Faith Baptist Bible College assistant women's volleyball coach Erin Davis has been named the organization's AVCA NCCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Petree helped lead the McMurry War Hawks to a national championship in their first-ever season competing at the NCCAA level. Her career has been an interesting one, as she has coached at McMurry for 17 seasons, though her tenure has been spread over three separate terms. She coached for two seasons (1984-1985) before returning for a ten-year stretch (1996-2005). She took over once more in 2008, and has posted a career record of 298-195.
The War Hawks entered postseason play as a No. 10 seed, using a strong run late in the season to pull off a handful of upsets. They were able to accomplish this tremendous feat despite fielding a team with only one senior.
McMurry finished the season with a 25-10 overall record, marking the second straight year for the program with at least 25 victories (28 in 2011). Including the regional playoffs held in Waxahachie, Texas, the War Hawks rattled off a 9-1 record to end the season.
During the ten-match span, the McMurry defensive front didn't allow a single opponent to hit above .200 in a contest. The team also totaled 90.5 blocks over the course of the NCCAA playoffs.
Erin Davis has been an assistant coach at Faith Baptist Bible College since 2003, joining the athletics staff after playing basketball and volleyball for the Eagles. As a player, she was an NCCAA All-Region selection as well as an Honorable Mention NCCAA All-American. The Faith Eagles volleyball team experienced significant success during their 2012 campaign, attaining an 18-14 record and reaching both the North Central Region and Midwest Christian College Conference post-season tournament championships.
The Eagles recorded an 8-3 MCCC conference record and finished in second place. Two members of the Faith Eagles were recognized with AVCA All-American honors and several others received accolades. They finished the season ranked 17th nationally and placed in the top-20 of a number of statistical categories.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2012 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, December 13. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention.