LEXINGTON, KY. (July 18, 2017) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the club awards for the 2017 season. The Club Awards program is in its second year and recognizes ten deserving coaches in the youth/club volleyball community. The AVCA Club Awards Committee selected a Club Coach of the Year in each of the seven girls age divisions (12-18), a Beach Club Coach of the Year, a Boys Club Coach of the Year and a Club Director of the Year. The honorees will be recognized at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon at the AVCA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
Nominations had to be submitted for consideration, and the coach nominated must have an active AVCA membership. The selections were made by the AVCA Club Awards Committee: Chairperson: Sherry Fadool (Triangle); Cathy Mahaffey (NORCO), Bob Westbrook (A5), Ron Kordes (KIVA), Stephen Boyle (Pumas), Brennan Dean (WAVE), Maggie Griffin (VCNebraska), John Sample (TAV), Dave Weitl (Washington VBA).
12's Coach of the Year: Bryon Larson (Adidas Dynasty Volleyball Club)
Initially wanting to coach football, he instead was offered a volleyball coaching job at a middle in Kansas City. Ever since then he’s been hooked. Larson not only is living out his passion of teaching and mentoring some of the youngest volleyball players in the country, but winning along the way. This past season, his 12 Black squad finished with an astounding 81-1 record, with championships at the USAV Nationals, Colorado Crossroads, and five other tournaments. He takes great pride in turning new or inexperienced girls into complete volleyball players. He’s most proud of the fact that all of his girls can play all of the way around proficiently. But at the end of the day, Larson makes sure they’re having fun.
“My favorite thing about this season was watching my kids grow and developing positive relationships with my athletes. We pushed this group hard, but shared a lot of laughs and smiles throughout the journey.”