BRENHAM, TX – After spending the past nine seasons sending Blinn College players on to successful Division I programs, volleyball coach David Rehr is following suit.
Blinn athletic director Dick Speas announced Wednesday that Rehr is resigning to take the head coaching job at Arkansas State University, where Rehr will coach in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference after leading the Buccaneers to two NJCAA national championships.
“For me, it’s about finding out how good I really am at the next level,” Rehr said. “The decision to leave the program the community, the college and the kids was the hardest part.”
Since coming to Brenham, Rehr has turned the Buccaneer volleyball team into a perennial powerhouse, winning two national championships, including last year’s NJCAA title with a perfect 38-0 record. Rehr also led the Buccaneers to the 2008 national championship.
“The volleyball program was getting stronger when he came to Blinn, but David took it to an entirely different level,” Speas said. “He took the volleyball program to an entirely different level and he kept it at that level through his entire tenure. Not only that, but he did it the right way.”
Under Rehr, the Buccaneers have won the Region XIV Tournament eight times to qualify for the national tournament and have amassed a 313-35 record, good for an .899 winning percentage and more victories than any coach in program history. Additionally, Rehr has coached 14 NJCAA All-Americans and 11 American Volleyball Coaching Association All-Americans. For his career, which includes three seasons at Frank Phillips College before coming to Blinn, Rehr has amassed a 393-63 record (a career .862 winning percentage).
“For me, it’s not the wins and losses,” Rehr said. “What makes me happiest is seeing how successful the kids have become off the court after they have left Blinn. We’ve got people representing Blinn throughout the state and the country that are outstanding young ladies, and hopefully we’ve had something to do with that.”
In November, Rehr was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame, and in December he was named the AVCA two-year colleges national coach of the year.
Rehr also served as Blinn’s athletic director from 2007 until 2011.
Rehr earned his Bachelors of Science in Wellness and his Masters of Arts in Physical Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Rehr takes over an Arkansas State program that went 21-10 last season and won the Sun Belt West Conference West Division championship before falling in the first round of the conference tournament.
Blinn’s search for a new volleyball coach will begin immediately, Speas said.
“We want to continue the program’s success with an individual who does things the right way and maintains the integrity of the program,” Speas said.