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JMU Volleyball's Steinbrecher Named State Coach of the Year
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/06/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., Jan. 6, 2011 -- James Madison head volleyball coach Lauren Steinbrecher was named the 2010 University Division State Coach of the Year as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) on Thursday.  Joining Steinbrecher as All-State honorees were senior Lindsay Callahan (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) and sophomore Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) who were both named Second Team All-State.

In her first season at the helm, Steinbrecher led the Dukes to one of the nation’s top turnarounds in 2010 by guiding them to a 22-8 mark and the second seed at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship.  Her team’s .366-percent improvement in win percentage was the fourth-best in the nation while the 11-win improvement was the sixth-best.  The 2010 Dukes also had the seventh-best winning percentage in school history at .733-percent.  In addition to being named the State Coach of the Year, Steinbrecher was also named the CAA co-Coach of the Year.

Callahan adds Second Team All-State recognitions to her First Team All-CAA selection.  She started 29 of JMU’s 30 matches and finished second on the team in kills (347), kills per set (3.15), attack percentage (.233), service aces (32) and points (414), fifth in assists (24) and digs (247) and third in blocks (66).  Callahan wraps up her career ranking third in school history in kills (1,354), fourth in sets played (454), fifth in kill average (2.98 per set) and eighth in digs (978). 

Erb was a Second Team All-CAA selection and led Madison in kills (389), kills per set (3.41), service aces (44) and points (454.5).  She finished third on the team with 297 digs.  In JMU’s 3-2 win over Georgia State on Oct. 9, she became the first player to have 20-plus kills and digs in a single match since Allyson Halls (2004-07) did it in 2007.

Erb and Callahan are the first All-State honorees for JMU since Lauren Miles (2005-08) was a second team selection in 2008.

Virginia Tech’s Felicia Willoughby was named the State Player of the Year, while the University of Virginia’s McKenzie Adams received State Rookie of the Year honors.  Virginia Tech, UVa and Liberty led all schools with three selections each.  JMU had the second most honorees while William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth had one selection each.

VaSID State Player of the Year:  Felicia Willoughby, Virginia Tech
VaSID State Rookie of the Year:  McKenzie Adams, Virginia
VaSID State Coach of the Year:  Lauren Steinbrecher, JMU

VaSID First Team All-State

Karyl Bacon, Liberty
Felicia Willoughby, Virginia Tech
Cara Baarendse, Virginia Tech
Simone Asque, Virginia
Jess O’Shoney, Virginia
Ginny Bray, William & Mary

VaSID Second Team All-State
Lindsay Callahan, JMU
Kelsie Clegg, VCU
Erin Leaser, Virginia Tech
Jade Craycraft, Liberty
Danielle Erb, JMU
AJ Cushman, Virginia
Kelly Haseman, Liberty

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