COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Current Blinn College volleyball coach David Rehr has been announced as one of two inductees for the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
He is joined by former Western Nebraska Community College head coach Chris Green as this year's class of inductees. The two will be honored on Nov. 15 at the 2011 NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship banquet on the campus of Missouri State University – West Plains.
“I’m greatly humbled and honored to receive this award,” Rehr said. “I can’t thank my family, players, coaches and fans enough for all their help and support along the way.”
Rehr becomes the first member of the Hall of Fame from the Buccaneer volleyball program, and joins Leroy Dreyer (Baseball – 1991; Football – 1997), Ben Boehnke (Football – 1998) and Willie Fritz (Football – 2003) as the only Blinn coaches in the Hall of Fame.
Rehr is in his ninth season as head volleyball coach for the Buccaneers, which marks his 12th overall at the collegiate level.
In his eight seasons at Blinn, Rehr has built the program into a national powerhouse, winning seven Region XIV titles (2003-2006, 2008-2010). In 2008, he brought home the program’s first-ever NJCAA Championship, finishing the season with a 33-2 mark. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, Rehr has amassed an overall record of 355-63 (.849 winning percentage).
Prior to his arrival at Blinn in 2003, the program had not previously earned a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. In his inaugural season, the Buccaneers won their first 41 matches on their way to a 43-2 season and a sixth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I ranks.
Rehr began his coaching career at Frank Phillips College in 2000. In his three seasons, he went 80-28 with two conference championships, one Region championship and a national tournament appearance (2002).
He was named Blinn College athletic director in June of 2007 and became the first head coach since Leroy Dreyer to serve a dual role as Blinn’s athletic director and head coach. He served in this capacity from 2007-2011.
With Rehr as athletic director, Blinn achieved unparalleled success in all sports. In 2008, his volleyball team won the NJCAA National Championship, producing two All-Americans and the National Player of the Year. In 2009, the football team won the NJCAA National Championship, the fourth in the program’s history. That team was led by All-American quarterback Cam Newton, who would go on to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy and be selected as the number one overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Active in the volleyball community, Rehr serves as the Two-Year College representative to the Board of Directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), a position he has held since 2009. The AVCA is the largest coaches association in the world.
"Coach Rehr has moved the volleyball program into a national powerhouse during his tenure here at Blinn," said current Blinn athletic director Dick Speas. "David Rehr is an outstanding choice for the NJCAA Coaches Association Volleyball Hall of Fame, and a very deserving recipient."
A native of Tampa, Fla., Rehr attended Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla., where he was a student assistant with the volleyball program. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Master of Arts in Physical Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He and his wife Felicia were married in 2005, and they have a two-year-old son, Noah.
His current squad now looks to take home their eighth regional championship in the past nine seasons, as they host the Region XIV District K Volleyball Tournament this weekend at the Blinn Gym. At 32-0 on the season, the Bucs stand as the only undefeated team in the NJCAA.