2011 AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year
Dan Fisher - Concordia University Irvine
Larry Hinshaw - Indiana Wesleyan University
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 8, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Concordia University Irvine head women's volleyball coach Dan Fisher has been selected as the 2011 AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year, while Indiana Wesleyan University assistant women's volleyball coach Larry Hinshaw has been tabbed as the 2011 AVCA NAIA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Before the 2011 season began, Dan Fisher declared that he believed his program could compete for a national championship. He made good on that prediction, leading his squad to a 37-2 overall record and a national championship match appearance.
After dropping a match to Rocky Mountain College in the second tilt of the season, Concordia racked up 36 consecutive wins en route to the NAIA Finals.
The title match was a rematch with The University of Texas at Brownsville, a team that the Eagles defeated 3-2 in a hotly contested regular season matchup on October 29th.
The 2011 season was Fisher's first as a head coach. Fisher came to Concordia University Irvine from the University of Hawai'i, where he served as associate head coach in the men's program for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Prior to that, he held the same position at the University of San Francisco.
In 2003, while playing professionally in Switzerland, Fisher began coaching the youth girl's team in the hometown of his team. Fisher played volleyball at a variety of elite levels for nearly ten years before kick-starting his professional coaching career at his alma mater, the D-I men's powerhouse University of the Pacific, as the top assistant coach.
Fisher took over a program that returned 11 letterwinners and 2 starters from a 2010 squad that accumulated an overall record of 23-10. The 2010 Eagles finished 13-7 in conference play, relegating them to a fifth place finish. Fisher's first squad recorded a perfect 18-0 record in Golden State Athletic Conference play, claiming the conference title for the first time in program history. This is Fisher's first AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year honor.
The 2011 season was Hinshaw's third as the assistant coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. Cumulatively, Hinshaw has over 15 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school camp and club levels. The Wildcats finished the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 36-6, going 16-2 in Mid-Central Conference play and claiming the conference championship for the eighth time in the last ten seasons. Their bid to the NAIA national tournament was only the second in program history.