St. Ambrose's Bill Gleeson Named Men's NAIA National Coach of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that St. Ambrose University men's volleyball coach Bill Gleeson has been selected as the AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.
Gleeson directed the Fighting Bees (30-6) to the NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Championship final, eventually succumbing to California Baptist in three sets. The runner-up finish was the best showing in program history. St. Ambrose earned the tournament's No. 3 overall seed and went on to defeat Johnson & Wales in pool play and Lindenwood in the semifinals. Gleeson has become no stranger to the NAIA National Tournament, advancing his squad to the event in four of the last five seasons, finishing third in 2008 and 2010 and fifth in 2007.
With the 30-6 record this season, Gleeson is now 121-51 in his five seasons at the university. The Bees had a 12-match winning streak spanning over a month of play leading up to the National Tournament and another winning streak earlier in the season of 10 matches. He coached two AVCA All-Americans, joining Cal Baptist (3) as the only schools honored with multiple AVCA All-Americans.
Before joining the Bees as a head coach, Gleeson was a four-year starter at SAU, ranking fourth in team history in kills. He was named a team captain in 2005 and was also a first-team all-conference selection following his senior year.
The AVCA will formally present Gleeson his award at the 2011 jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, December 15. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention.