LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 24, 2011 – James Madison head volleyball coach Lauren Steinbrecher was named one of the top 30 volleyball coaches under the age of 30 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Thursday. This is the second time Steinbrecher has appeared on the list.
“It is an honor to be selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for this honor among such an impressive list of coaches,” Steinbrecher said. “The administrators, assistant coaches and the players at JMU make it very easy to be successful. A huge thank you to the AVCA. I can’t say enough about what the AVCA has done and continues to do for our profession.”
The 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 younger than 30 years old in 2010. The list of winners will be featured in the upcoming April/May edition of Coaching Volleyball magazine.
In her first season at the helm, Steinbrecher led the Dukes to a 22-8 record which was good enough for the seventh-best win percentage in school history. She engineered an 11-win turnaround from the previous season and a .366 increase in winning percentage. Those numbers were the sixth and fourth-best in the nation, respectively.
Steinbrecher was named the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association co-Coach of the Year and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Coach of the Year.
She was one of 18 head coaches to appear on the list and just one of nine Division I coaches to make the list.
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