Amber Warners Named AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
(Release Prepared by American Volleyball Coaches Association)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 23, 2010) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Calvin College head women’s volleyball coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2010 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.
She is the second coach in Calvin women’s volleyball history to receive the honor as Karla Wolters received the award in 1986 in a year where Warners was the starting setter on a Calvin team coached by Wolters that advanced all the way to the national title match before falling to UC-San Diego in five sets. It marks the 15th time that a coach of a Calvin team has earned National Coach of the Year honors.
In her ninth season as the Calvin head coach, Warners helped the Knights to a magical year in 2010. Calvin earned the program’s third MIAA regular season title, took home its first NCAA Regional title since 1992 and captured its first-ever NCAA Division III national championship with a 3-1 victory over Emory on November 22. The Knights’ road to their storybook ending was not an easy one, as the squad knocked off nationally-ranked squads Heidelberg (No. 13), Wittenberg (No.2), UMass-Boston (No. 24), Juniata (T-No.3) and Emory (No.1) in the NCAA postseason alone.
Under Warners’s direction, the Knights rolled to a 32-4 overall record in 2010 against some tough competition. Calvin faced eight teams ranked in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top-25 Poll this season, posting an 8-4 record in those contests. The Knights began the preseason as the No. 9 team in the poll, vaulted five spots to No. 4 after an early victory over rival Hope, but quickly fell back to No. 9 the following week after suffering a pair of losses to regional foes Wittenberg and Heidelberg.
The Knights remained in the poll’s top-10 the duration of the season and skyrocketed up the rankings after its postseason push that left the program as the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division III to end the campaign.
Warners, a 1990 Calvin graduate, has compiled a 262-56 record (.824) in her time as the Knights’ mentor. The program has made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including seven consecutive showings under Warners’s guidance. She has also coached the program’s only two AVCA Division III Freshman of the Year recipients, current junior Rebecca Kamp (2008) and current freshman Megan Rietema (2010).
Warners also served one year as interim head coach at Hope, leading the team to a 21-11 campaign in 1994. In 10 years as a collegiate head coach, she is 283-67 (.809), ranking her among the top 10 active coaches in Division III nationally in winning percentage.
In addition, Washington University in St. Louis assistant women’s volleyball coach Charles Rodman has been named the organization’s AVCA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2010 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, December 16. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Annual Convention.