LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that UC Santa Cruz Head Coach Todd Hollenbeck has been selected as the 2015 AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year, while SUNY New Paltz Assistant Coach Tony Bonilla has been named the AVCA Division III Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2015 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday, December 17. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention.
Todd Hollenbeck's Fast Facts
Has been ranked in the top-3 of the AVCA Coaches Poll for eight straight weeks (currently No. 2)
Top-5 win percentage of any NCAA Division III school with a record of 24-5 (.828)
A 6-1 record vs. nationally ranked opponents and a perfect 9-0 against unranked teams
Ranked fourth nationally in kills per set (12.63)
Coached three 2015 AVCA All-Americans
Earned No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament
Tony Bonilla's Fast Facts
The Hawks have a 26-5 record (third-best win percentage)
Current No. 3 national ranking and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament
Director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) on campus at New Paltz.
Has been at SUNY New Paltz for 16 years (four as an assistant)
AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year
2015: Todd Hollenbeck (UC Santa Cruz)
2014: Radu Petrus (SUNY New Paltz)
2013: Cal Wickens (Nazareth)
2012: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield)
2011: Cal Wickens (Nazareth)
2010: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield)
2009: Jeremy Price (Juniata)
2008: Jonathan Penn (Vassar)
2007: L.J. Marx (Carthage)
2006: Craig Kolek (Rivier)
2005: L.J. Marx (Carthage)
2004: Ken Shibuya (Juniata)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce Grand View University Head Coach Donan Cruz as the 2015 AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.
The AVCA will formally present Donan his award at the 2015 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, December 17th. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention.
- This marks his second consecutive AVCA NAIA Coach of the Year Award
- Second straight NAIA North Co-Coach of the Year
- Second straight NAIA North regular season champion
- Achieved program's first No. 1 ranking this year
- A record seven Vikings were named to the NAIA North Academic All-Conference Team
- Coached five players to All-Conference honors with one being honored as an AVCA NAIA All-American
- Ranks in the top-10 nationally in most major categories (hitting percentage, kills per set, assists per set, blocks per set and digs per set)
- Earned No. 4 seed in the NAIA Invitational played in St. Louis, Mo.
2014 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coaches of the Year
Shane Davis - Loyola University Chicago
Mark Hulse - Loyola University Chicago
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.