Dec. 16, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - California volleyball head coach Rich Feller was named the 2010 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) National Coach of the Year on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon. In his 12th season, Feller led the Golden Bears to their first Pac-10 title (15-3, 29-3 overall), a school-record ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA championship tournament, and a program-best fifth straight 20-win season. He was also honored as the AVCA Pacific Region Coach of the Year for the second time and received his second Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.
"I am very honored to have this award bestowed upon me," said Feller. "It's a true reflection of my staff--both former and current--and the incredible accomplishments of our team this year. I am very grateful to the AVCA, Jostens, the University, and our wonderful athletic department; and truly cherish the support of our director of athletics Sandy Barbour and deputy director of athletics Steve Holton."
Before his arrival, Cal went through seven consecutive sub-.500 seasons. In his fourth year on campus, Feller's Bears made the program's first NCAA appearance since 1989. The team has since posted nine consecutive winning seasons and gone to a school-record nine straight NCAA championship tournaments. His teams hold a 21-8 record in the postseason matches and have never lost in the first round.
Feller's 2007 squad was the first to ever advance to the national semifinal and finished with a school-record No. 4 ranking. He was honored as Volleyball Magazine's 2007 National Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, six different Bears have produced 12 AVCA All-America certificates, including Cal's first Pac-10 Player of the Year, outside hitter Hana Cutura in 2009.
Cal recorded the second-longest winning streak in school history, and the second-best start to a season in 2010. The Bears defeated rival Stanford twice in the same season for the first time since 1979 to their first Pac-10 crown. Cal leads the conference in blocking (3.06 bps) and opponent hitting percentage (.170), and is second in the Pac-10 for hitting percentage, kills, and assists. Feller is the winningest head coach in Cal history with a 241-129 (.650) record in Berkeley; 540-296 (.646) overall in 26 years.
The seventh-seeded Bears (29-3) will face sixth-seeded USC (29-4) in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Semifinal. The teams will take the court at 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Fourth-seeded Penn State (30-5) and ninth-seeded Texas (27-5) face off in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. The two winners will meet for the championship in a 5:30 p.m. PT match on Saturday, Dec. 18. Please visit CalBears.com or NCAA.com for more information on the championships.