AVCA Men's National Coach of the Year Awards

 

Division I-II Coach of the Year | Division III Coach of the Year | NAIA Coach of the Year

 

2015 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coaches of the Year

 

Dan Friend - Lewis University
Matt McCarthy- Lewis University

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 7, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Lewis University Head Men's Volleyball Coach Dan Friend has been selected the 2015 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Matt McCarthy has been tabbed the AVCA Division I-II 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, Nebraska on Thursday, December 17th. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention.

 

Dan Friend's Fast Facts
Currently in his 11th season leading Lewis, amassing a record of 220-113
26-3 record in 2015 places Lewis second in NCAA Division I-II with a .897 win percentage
No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament
No. 1 in the nation in blocks per set (3.39)
No. 3 overall in team hitting percentage (.347)
Will play Penn State tonight in the NCAA Semifinals
Since the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, has never fallen out of the top-5
Coached five AVCA All-Americans, which are the most for any one team in this year's class


Matt McCarthy's Fast Facts

Currently in his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Flyers
Two-time AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award recipient (2013, 2015)
He is primarily in charge of block defense, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the country
Responsible for recruiting, training middles, budget, working practice and several other daily activities
Helped set up activities with Feed My Starving Children and adopt a family for Christmas

 

 

2015 AVCA Division III Men's National Coaches of the Year
Todd Hollenbeck - UC Santa Cruz
Tony Bonilla - SUNY New Paltz
 

 

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)

 

 

2015 AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year
Donan Cruz - Grand View University

 

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.

 

Fast Facts

 

  • 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.