2017 THIRTY UNDER 30 WINNERS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its 2017 Thirty Under 30 Awards. This award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2016. This year broke the record number of nominations.

“The young talent in volleyball coaching is just outstanding,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “As exciting as these 30 award winners is the fact that almost 200 young coaches were nominated for consideration. It’s a good time to be a volleyball coach!”

Of the thirty recipients, 12 are NCAA Division I coaches, five in high school/club, four in NCAA Division III, three are NCAA Division II and Two-Year College, and there’s one each in the NAIA, NCCAA, and USCAA.

Winners

Stephanie Albano, Head Coach
Daemen College, NCAA Division II
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Ariel Apolinario, Assistant Coach
Rice University, NCAA Division I
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Thais Baziquetto-Allen, Head Coach
Seward County Community College, Two-Year College
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Allison Boes, Head Coach
Duluth High School, High School/Club
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Kevin Burch, Assistant Coach
Ohio State University (Men’s), NCAA Division I
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Sean Carter, Assistant Coach
Wichita State University, NCAA Division I
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Kelly Cecil, Head Coach
North Forsyth High School/A5 Mizuno, High School/Club
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Lorayne Chandler, Head Coach
Arizona Western College, Two-Year College
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Max Curran, Head Coach
Kairos Elite Volleyball Club, High School/Club
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Tim Doyle, Assistant Coach
Virginia Commonwealth University, NCAA Division I
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Kirsten Gallagher, Assistant Coach
Georgia State University (Beach), NCAA Division I
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Evin Giglio, Head Coach **Two-time winner (2014, 2017) **
Wentworth Institute of Technology (Men’s + Women’s), NCAA Division III
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Maggie Griffin, Head Coach
Volleyball Club Nebraska, High School/Club
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Ashley Harris, Head Coach
Tennessee Wesleyan University, NAIA
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Carlos Huaroto-Luque, Head Coach
Florida National University, USCAA
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David Hunt, Associate Head Coach **Three-time winner (2010, 2016, 2017) **
Pepperdine University (Men’s), NCAA Division I
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Christa Jung Cooper, Assistant Coach
Ferris State University, NCAA Division II
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Nikki Klingsporn, Assistant Coach
Ohio State University, NCAA Division I
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Dan Liberto, Head Coach
SUNY IT (Men’s), NCAA Division III
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Nick Macrae, Assistant Coach
Long Beach State University (Men’s), NCAA Division I
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Melissa Mahnke, Head Coach
University of Mount Union, NCAA Division III
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Kim Maroon, Assistant Coach
Florida Gulf Coast University, NCAA Division I
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Matthew Marrujo, Head Coach
Servite High School/Balboa Bay Volleyball Club (Boy’s), High School/Club
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Evan Muys, Assistant Coach
University of Dayton, NCAA Division I
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Cory Sackett, Assistant Coach
Purdue Northwest University, NCAA Division II
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Andrea Salazar, Assistant Coach
Delaware Valley University/CJVA, NCAA Division III
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Scott Schweihofer, Assistant Coach
University of Pennsylvania, NCAA Division I
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David Ulrich, Head Coach
Randall University/Oklahoma Charge, NCCAA
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Greg Walker, Head Coach (Men's); Assistant Coach (Women's)
Sacred Heart University (Men’s + Women’s), NCAA Division I
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Alicia Williams, Head Coach
Iowa Western Community College, Two-Year College
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