FORT MYERS, Fla. - As announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Feb. 23, Florida Gulf Coast volleyball assistant coach Danny Mahy has been named to the "Thirty Under 30" list. 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 younger than 30 years old in 2010.
Mahy, who just completed his fifth season on staff at FGCU, is one of 24 first-time recipients this season. Former FGCU standout Roberta Santos, who is an assistant coach at the University of Texas at Brownsville, was also named to the list. The list of winners will be featured in the upcoming April/May edition of Coaching Volleyball magazine.
"I am extremely honored to be one of the 30 individuals to receive this award," said Mahy. "I was pretty surprised when I first heard I was receiving this honor. I am not sure who would have nominated me, but I am grateful and humbled to be on this list with so many talented coaches across the country.
"We are very proud to have Danny receive this honor," FGCU Volleyball head coach Dave Nichols said. "It is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the coaching profession. Danny is an incredible resource for me. I call him ‘Mr. Can Do’ because not only is he extremely knowledgeable about volleyball, but he also handles any number of the details that have to be done on a daily basis.
Of the thirty recipients, 18 are head coaches and 12 are assistant coaches. Eight are NCAA Division I women’s coaches, four coach NAIA women’s squads, three are NCAA Division II women’s coaches, three are NCAA Division III women’s coaches, two are club coaches, two are from Two-Year Colleges, two coach high school girls programs, one is a high school boys coach and one is an NAIA men’s coach.
Thirty Under 30 Award Recipients
- Ashley Allen, Head Coach Henry M. Jackson High School, Mill Creek, WA (High School)
- Tanya Allen, Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Frank Phillips College, Borger, TX (NJCAA Division I)
- Lauren Amundson, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Stonehill College, Easton, MA (NCAA Division II)
- Matthew Buttemore, Assistant CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE (NAIA)
- Andy Cole, Assistant Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Lewis University (Women’s and Men’s), Romeoville, IL (NCAA Division II)
- Matthew Cribbin, Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY (4-Year Independent)
- Casey Dale, Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (NCAA Division III)
- Sloane Dill, Club Director/Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Lower Hudson Volleyball Association, Mount Vernon, NY (NCAA Division I)
- Bill Gleeson, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨St. Ambrose University (Men’s), Davenport, IA (NAIA)
- Anna Monsen Howle, Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK (NAIA)
- Haley Janicek, Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (NCAA Division I)
- Joseph Lind, Assistant Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (NCAA Division I)
- Daniel Mahy, Assistant Coach/Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨FGCU/USA South Volleyball Club (NCAA Division I/Club)
- Giovana Melo, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE (NJCAA Division I)
- Robert Mullowney, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨US Coast Guard Acad. (Women’s)/Wentworth Inst. of Tech. (Men’s), Allston, MA (NCAA Division III)
- Shellane Ogoshi, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Long Island University – CW Post, Brookville, NY (NCAA Division II)
- Coley Pawlikowski, Assistant Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (NCAA Division I)
- Malama Peniata, Assistant Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (NCAA Division II)
- Randi Raff, Assistant Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA (NCAA Division III)
- Roberta Santos, Assistant CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, TX (NAIA)
- Barrett Schitka, Head Coach and Program Coordinator Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Kitchener-Waterloo Predators Volleyball Club (Boys and Girls), Ontario, Canada (Club)
- Krissy Schmidt, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Martin County High School, Stuart, FL (High School)
- Keith Schunzel, Assistant Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨University of North Texas, Denton, TX (NCAA Division I)
- Kirsta Solberg, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Indiana Institute of Technology, Ft. Wayne, IN (NAIA)
- Robert St. Leger, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Marist High School (Boys), Chicago, IL (High School)
- Lauren Steinbrecher, Head Coach Ã¢â‚¬Â¨James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (NCAA Division I)
- Erin Virtue, Assistant CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (NCAA Division I)
- Kyle Weindel, Assistant CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Ohio University, Athens,OH (NCAA Division I)
- Nick Wolf, Associate Club Director/Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Indy Juniors Volleyball Club, Indianapolis, IN (Club)
- Michele Zabinski, Head CoachÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ De Sales University, Mount Pleasant, MI (NCAA Division III)