By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
AVCA Thirty Under 30 Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Rice volleyball assistant coach Ariel Apolinario was awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 2017 Thirty Under 30 Award, the organization announced on Thursday.
The award, created in 2009, honors up-and-coming coaching talent and nominees qualified by being 30 years old or younger in 2016. This year broke the record number of nominations with nearly 200 casted. Of the thirty recipients, 12 are NCAA Division I coaches, five in high school/club, four in NCAA Division III, three are NCAA Division II and Two-Year College, and one each in the NAIA, NCCAA, and USCAA.
“In our business, any type of recognition by the AVCA is a reason to be proud,” Apolinario said. “However, ultimately, this award speaks of the institution, staff, and student-athletes, whom I have had the privilege to work with.”
In Apolinario’s first year at Rice, the Owls went 20-12 (10-4 C-USA) and advanced to the C-USA Championship match. In addition, the Owls had two All-Americans, placed five athletes on all-conference teams, and won seven C-USA Athlete of the Week awards.