LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Dayton assistant volleyball coach Evan Muys and VCU volleyball assistant coach Tim Doyle have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) “30 Under 30” list.
The annual “30 Under 30” list recognizes up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of volleyball. The award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2016.
Over the last three years, Muys has had a direct impact on the success of the Dayton volleyball program. Since the 2014 season, he has coached and mentored players to two AVCA All-American, six AVCA All-Region, two Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, three A-10 Setter of the Year, three A-10 Libero of the Year, and 13 All-Conference awards. The team finished the 2015 campaign #22 in the final RPI poll.
An Ohio native, Doyle joined the VCU staff prior to the 2014 season. He’s been instrumental in the development of All-Atlantic 10 Conference players Janelle Sykes, Cecilia Aragao, Kalah Jones and Julia Adler. He’s also helped recruit and guide several A-10 All-Rookie Team members during his three seasons at VCU. Sykes and Aragao are currently playing professionally overseas. In 2016, Doyle helped steer the Rams to a 19-14 mark.
“The young talent in volleyball coaching is just outstanding,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “As exciting as these 30 award winners is the fact that almost 200 young coaches were nominated for consideration. It’s a good time to be a volleyball coach!”
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 there’s one each in the NAIA, NCCAA, and USCAA.