Meet Amber Warners
Amber Warners recently completed her 12th year as head coach of the Calvin volleyball program. She also served as interim head volleyball coach at Hope College in 1994. Now in her her 13th year as a head collegiate volleyball coach, Warners has compiled an impressive won-loss record of 384-72 for a winning percentage of .842 that ranks her second among active NCAA III coaches for winning percentage. In 12 years as Calvin’s head coach, she has compiled a won-loss record of 363-61 for a winning percentage of .856.
In 2010, she led Calvin to its first-ever NCAA III title in women's volleyball as the Knights defeated top-ranked Emory University in four sets. She was later named the 2010 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year. In 2012, she was once again named the AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year after leading her team to the national championship finals. In 2013, she led Calvin to the mountaintop again as the Knights captured the national championship with a five-set win over Cal Lutheran. She was then named the AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year for the third time in her career.
She has led Calvin to 10 consecutive berths in the NCAA III Tournament including appearances in the Great Lakes Regional finals in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2010, Calvin captured the regional title with an upset win over second-ranked Wittenberg University and did so again in 2012 and 2013. In 2006, she was named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association after leading Calvin to a 34-2 record. In 2008, she was once again named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year after leading a youthful Calvin team to a record of 26-5 including an NCAA III Tournament bid. She landed her third Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year honor in 2011 after leading Calvin to a 33-1 record which included a number-one national ranking throughout the regular season. Her most recent Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year award came in 2012 as she led Calvin to an undefeated MIAA season and a number-one national ranking heading into the NCAA III Tournament.
Warners has led Calvin to NCAA III Tournament appearances in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013and to MIAA Tournament titles in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. She has also led Calvin to MIAA regular season titles in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Warners picked up her 200th collegiate victory in a five-set victory over Carnegie-Mellon University on August 30, 2008, at the Ohio Northern Invitational. She picked up her 300th collegiate victory in a win at Albion College on October 7, 2011.
A 1990 Calvin graduate, Warners is a former two-sport standout for Calvin in volleyball and softball. As a Calvin athlete, Warners was a member of six Calvin teams that captured MIAA Championships -- three in softball and three in volleyball. Calvin also earned six NCAA III tournament bids -- three each in softball and volleyball. She was a member of Calvin softball teams finished fifth in the nation in 1989 and fourth in 1990, and a member of the Calvin volleyball team that finished second nationally in 1986. As a volleyball player, she was twice named the league’s MVP as a setter and was named to the All-MIAA first team three times. As a softball player, she was an outfielder.
Warners earned her master's degree from Michigan State University in sports psychology in 1996 She recently completed her Ph.D requirements at Michigan State. As a Calvin senior, Warners was honored with the Kay Tiemersma Award, an award presented annually to the varsity women's athlete who best exemplifies athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership.
Warners previously taught at Holland Christian High School where she coached softball and volleyball. In 1994, she guided the Maroons to the Class B Volleyball State Championship game. Warners also served as the interim head volleyball coach at Hope College in 1994, compiling a 21-11 record.
Warners has also served an eight-year tenure as Calvin’s softball coach where she led the Knights to pair of NCAA III Tournament berths. In 1997, she took Calvin all the way to the NCAA III Softball World Series where she was honored as Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.
She and her husband Mark have three sons: Emmett, Carson and Tanner. Also a Calvin graduate, Mark is a teacher at Grand Rapids Christian High School.