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AVCA Announces 2014 Thirty Under 30 Recipients

March 7, 2014

Coach Berkley

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its Thirty Under 30 Awards. This award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2013.

"If you love volleyball, it's hard not to smile when you look at this class of AVCA Thirty Under 30 award winners," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Bright, dedicated, aspiring young coaches representing every facet of our sport - college, high school, club - coaching both male and female players. Each year selecting just 30 gets harder and harder and our excitement about our future grows stronger and stronger."

Of the thirty recipients, 18 are head coaches and 12 are assistant coaches. 11 are NCAA Division I coaches (one men's), four in Division II, three are NCAA Division III (two men's), four are in high school, three are in the NAIA and club and two are Two Year College coaches.

Southern Miss' Amanda Berkley is among the recipients. Berkley just finished her first season as head coach and posted a 17-14 overall record and 7-7 in C-USA play.

Thirty Under 30 Award Recipients

RJ Abella, Assistant Coach - Indoor + Sand
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (NCAA Division I)

Jenifer Bahner, Head Coach
Cowley College, Arkansas City, KS (NJCAA Division II)

Amanda Berkley, Head Coach
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS (NCAA Division I)

Jenni Bolduc, Assistant Coach
Miami University (OH), Oxford, OH (NCAA Division I)

Dani Busboom Kelly, Assistant Coach
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (NCAA Division I)

George Chapell, Head Coach - Men
Endicott College, Beverly, MA (NCAA Division III)

Erika Chidester, Assistant Coach
Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CA (NCAA Division I)

Jessica Cortese, Head Coach
McDaniel College, Westminster, MD (NCAA Division III)

Julie Darty, Assistant Coach
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (NCAA Division I)

Jon Daze, Assistant Coach - Sand
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA (NCAA Division I)

Brittany Dildine, Assistant Coach
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (NCAA Division I)

Meredith Fear, Head Coach
Harding University, Searcy, AR (NCAA Division II)

Evin Giglio, Head Coach - Men + Women
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (NCAA Division III)

Brett Gillen, Assistant Coach
Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, CA (NAIA)

Julie Hopkins, Head Coach
Marist High School, Chicago, IL (High School)

Anna Howle, Head Coach
Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK (NAIA)

Mark Hulse, Assistant Coach - Men
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL (NCAA Division I)

Kaman Hung, Head Coach + Co-Director
Radiant Suns Volleyball, Flemington, NJ (Club)

Elizabeth Manly, Head Coach
Kings Park High School, Kings Park, NY (High School)

Erin McClanahan, Head Coach
Prosper High School, Prosper, TX (High School)

Stevie Mussie, Assistant Coach
Penn State University, State College, PA (NCAA Division I)

Shellane Ogoshi, Head Coach
Long Island University - CW Post College, Brookville, NY (NCAA Division II)

Jessica Peters, Head Coach
Allen County Community College, Iola, KS (NJCAA Division II)

Patricia Plummer, Head Coach
Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA (High School)

Ashlee Pritchard, Head Coach
Marian University (IN), Indianapolis, IN (NAIA)

Lindsey Schlegel, Head Coach + Club Director
VolleyFX Volleyball Club, Fairport, NY (Club)

Jonathan Scott, Assistant Coach
Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA (NCAA Division II)

Daniel Sempkowski, Head Coach
Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ (NCAA Division II)

Kendra Wilson, Head Coach + Director of Operations
NYC Juniors Club, New York, NY (Club)

Marie Zidek, Assistant Coach
2013: University at Buffalo; 2014: University of San Diego (NCAA Division I)

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