Rich Luenemann Named 2010 AVCA Division III Central Region Coach of the Year
St. Louis, Mo., November 11, 2010 – Washington University in St. Louis head volleyball coach Rich Luenemann was named the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Central Region Coach of the Year, as announced Thursday by the association.
Luenemann, who has guided Washington University to a 31-3 overall record a berth into the 2010 NCAA Tournament, garners Central Region Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in his career and the third year in a row.
Last week, Luenemann became just the fifth coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000-career victories. In 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach he boasts an overall record of 1,001-316 (.759) and in 12 years at the helm of the Washington University program, he has compiled a record of 411-54 (.884), winning three national championships (2003, 2007, 2009).
In addition to coaching the Bears to a 31-3 overall mark this year, including a 9-2 record against teams ranked in the AVCA Top-25 poll, his team had five student-athletes earn first-team All-Central Region accolades; Washington U. was the only Division III team in the nation to have five named to their all-region team.
Washington University finished second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with an 8-3 mark against conference competition, and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Bears are the No. 1 seed in the eight-team Midwest Regional, which gets underway on Friday, Nov. 12, on the campus of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.
Washington U. will face Beloit College, champions of the Midwest Conference, in the opening round on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.