Lexington, Ky. (May 1, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Loyola University Chicago Head Men's Volleyball Coach Shane Davis has been selected the 2014 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Mark Hulse has been tabbed the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year.
It has been quite a 2014 campaign for the Ramblers the year they are hosting the NCAA Tournament. They have been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the AVCA Coaches Poll since January 6th, which are the highest rankings the team have achieved in program history. Prior to 2014, Loyola-Chicago's previous high ranking was No. 8 on April 24, 2006.
They enter the tournament the hottest team in the nation, having not lost a single match since the opening weekend of the season, a span of 25 matches over nearly four months. In those 25 matches they have dropped a combined ten sets. For their efforts, the Ramblers earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and an automatic berth into the national semifinals. This is their second consecutive season playing in the Tournament.
Under the guidance of Davis, Loyola-Chicago boasts the highest team hitting percentage in the country at .366 and kills per set at 13.97. They are also lethal from behind the service line, placing second nationally averaging 1.79 aces per set, just .01 behind leading Lindenwood (MO). They are led by MIVA Player of the Year Thomas Jaeschke, who is an AVCA First-Team All-American to accompany Honorable Mention All-Americans Cody Caldwell, Nicholas Olson and Joseph Smalzer.
As Davis' right-hand man, Hulse takes home the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year honor. He played a large role in recruiting some of the nation's best talent to help make the Ramblers one of the country's elite programs. He also contributes with match management and scouting reports that helped Loyola-Chicago to a perfect 14-0 conference record. In addition to his volleyball responsibilities, Hulse is the point person for all community service projects such as refereeing Special Olympics competitions, raising money for testicular cancer and Relay for Life.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their award at the 2014 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, December 18th. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that SUNY New Paltz Head Coach Radu Petrus has been selected as the 2014 AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year, while Stevens Assistant Coach Simon Loftus has been named the AVCA Division III Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year.
It has been a dream season for the SUNY New Paltz Hawks (31-3), culminating in their program's first United Volleyball Conference Championship. Another first for SNP was advancing to the NCAA Tournament, holding the No. 2 seed where they will play the Stevens Ducks in the quarterfinals.
Beginning the season at No. 4 in the AVCA Preseason Poll, they have never relinquished a top-5 ranking in 2014, even holding the No. 1 spot for three consecutive weeks. The No. 1 rankings were their first in program history. Their 31 victories are the most in Division III, and they've won 10 of their 13 matches against the current AVCA nationally ranked teams. SUNY New Paltz enters the NCAA Tournament on a nine-match winning streak, dropping just one set in that span.
Petrus coached three players to AVCA All-American honors: Tim Ferriter (first team), Christian Smith (first team) and Steven Woessner (second team and Newcomer of the Year). This is the first time the Hawks program has had more than one AVCA All-American in a single year. Petrus has now coached two consecutive AVCA Newcomers of the Year after Ferriter won it the year before.
Loftus, a Scotland native, has made an immediate impact on the Ducks since re-joining the staff this winter. Losing six starters from 2013, Loftus coached a team comprised of underclassmen to a current No. 5 ranking in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He also spent time giving back to the community by working volleyball clinics at local high schools. Prior to joining Stevens as both the men's and women's assistant coach, he was the head coach of the Scottish Senior Men's National Team and an assistant for the 2012 Great Britain Olympic squad.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2014 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, December 18. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce Grand View University (28-2) Head Coach Donan Cruz as the 2014 AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.
It's been a dream season so far for the Vikings of Grand View University led by head coach Donan Cruz. In their first ever appearance in the NAIA Invitational Tournament Presented by Tachikara, Cruz notched two victories in the first day over both No. 5 Lourdes and No. 4 Clarke to play in the national semifinals later today.
Grand View entered the 2014 season as the No. 4 team in the country, and as the season has progressed they have met or exceeded their expectations. The following week they climbed to the No. 2 spot and have remained there through the most recent poll on April 1st. They are currently one of the hottest teams in the nation being winners of 11 in a row, not having lost a match since March 7th to No. 1 Concordia Irvine. In those 11 matches they have dropped just a total of four sets.
The Vikings have one of the most feared offenses in the nation leading the NAIA in hitting percentage (.308) and 192 service aces (1.9 per set) while also ranking No. 4 in kills per set (12.6) and No. 3 in assists per set (11.9). Individually, Cruz coached two AVCA NAIA All-Americans in freshman outside hitter Pedro Cardoso and senior middle blocker Nikola Vukicevic. Cardoso was named the AVCA NAIA Player of the Year on the eve of the Invitational at the Kickoff Banquet.
The AVCA will formally present Donan his award at the 2014 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, December 18th. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention.