RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Kyleigh Gerlach has been honored as one of the nation's top young coaches.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has selected Gerlach as one of its "Thirty Under 30" recipients. Created in 2009, the awards seek to recognize up-and-coming talent throughout all levels of competitive volleyball in the United States.
"Sustainability is all about identifying rising stars and nurturing their career growth," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer in a release. "This Thirty Under 30 class, the AVCA's fifth, is full of future leaders in the sport of volleyball. We congratulate them and, through them, celebrate our potential."
Gerlach joined the VCU staff this winter after a successful three-year run with Rams' Head Coach Jody Rogers at the University of Indianapolis. In 2012, Gerlach helped the Greyhounds win 31 matches and reach the NCAA Division II Final Four. UIndy earned an NCAA Tournament bid in each of Gerlach's three seasons on staff.
As a player at Indianapolis, Gerlach compiled more than 2,500 digs and led the Greyhounds to 124 victories.
Of the thirty AVCA recipients, 12 are head coaches and 18 are assistant coaches. Nine are NCAA Division I women's coaches, nine in Division II, five are NCAA Division III, two are in high school,NAIA and club and one is a Two Year College coach.