BRENHAM, Texas - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Blinn College head coach David Rehr as the NJCAA Division I Southwest Region Coach of the Year.
The Buccaneers finished the 2011 season with a perfect 38-0 record, capped off with a four set victory over No. 3 seed Western Wyoming Community College to earn the program’s second national title.
“It is great honor to be recognized by my peers,” Rehr said. “However, it’s the outstanding group of coaches and players who completely buy-in to our team-first philosophy that make individual awards such as this possible.”
In his nine seasons at Blinn, Rehr has built the program into a national powerhouse, winning eight Region XIV titles (2003-2006, 2008-2011) and amassing a staggering 314-35 record and winning percentage (.900). In 2008, he brought home the program’s first-ever NJCAA Championship, finishing the season with a 33-2 mark, following that up with his second title this year. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, Rehr has amassed an overall record of 361-63 (.851 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).
This is the third time Rehr has received the coaching honor. He was also Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008.
Each of the eight regional honorees will represent their region on the 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented Dec. 15 at the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention in San Antonio.