LEXINGTON, KY -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that Blinn College head women's volleyball coach David Rehr has been selected as the 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year.
It's been a fun season for Blinn College Head Coach David Rehr. First, he gets inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame, and then just a few days later won the program's second ever national championship to cap off a perfect 38-0 record. After winning District K, they entered the National Tournament as the No. 1 seed and they didn't disappoint, defeating Gadsden State Community College, Eastern Arizona, San Jacinto and finally Western Wyoming. He was also named the Southwest Region Coach of the Year, which is the third time Rehr has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Coach of the Year after taking home the honor in 2006 and 2008.
"I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award," Rehr said. "This award is a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of my staff and players, because without their complete buy-in to our team philosophy, individual awards such as this would not be possible.”
In his nine seasons at Blinn, Rehr has built the program into a perennial powerhouse, winning eight NJCAA Regional Championships (2003-2008, 2010-2011), along with eight Region XIV titles (2003-2006, 2008-2011). In 2008, Rehr brought home the program’s first ever NJCAA National Championship, finishing the season with a 33-2 mark. 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 went 43-2, followed by a string of successful campaigns and seven appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament.
He was named athletic director in June of 2007 and became the first head coach since Leroy Dreyer to serve in 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 program won its fourth national championship, led by All-American quarterback Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
"When you reflect back on all the people that helped make this season such a success, it’s truly overwhelming,” Rehr said. “I am very grateful to the AVCA, Jostens and all the unbelievable support from our administration, athletic department and fans at Blinn College."
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).
The award was formally presented today at the 2011 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in San Antonio, Texas. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention.