2016 AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award Bio Request Form Please fill out the information below and return to the AVCA Office by 2:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, April 3. Name: Austin Albers School & Division: Laramie County Community College (NJCAA DI) Coaching Title: Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Age: 26 How long have you been at your school/club? 2 years School’s/Club’s record and finish in 2015/2016? 26-15 School’s/Club’s record and finish in 2014/2015 (even if you were not there)? 25-15 List Your Career Accomplishments to Date (use additional sheet if necessary): 2 years as head coach – 51 Total wins (25.5 avg/season) Highest win percentage (.630) of any coach in program history – LCCC Only back-to-back 25 win seasons in program history (2014, 2015) – LCCC Highest team GPA among all sports at LCCC (3.38) – Fall 2015 Helped 9 athletes receive volleyball scholarships in the last two years, three at the NCAA DI level, one NCAA DII and five NAIA - LCCC NAIA National Tournament Appearance – Black Hills State University – 2009 Coached many players with significant individual awards including: 2009 NAIA 1st Team All-American and 2014 NJCAA Region IX North Setter of the Year Other places you have coached (List them, and please include “to-from” years, such as 19851992): Black Hills State University, SD NAIA/NCAA DII (2009-2012) Sheridan College, WY NJCAA (2012-2013) What made you decide to get into coaching volleyball? My father was a long-time volleyball coach who began coaching at the junior high level before moving up the ladder to the high school level and eventually the collegiate level. I grew up around the game and spent much of my younger years in the gym watching him coach and watching the game evolve. My father was always a big role model of mine growing up and I watched him go through a long (10+ year) rebuilding process in taking a losing collegiate volleyball program and turning it into a national contender. Living with a coach as a parent, I really got a good sense for the amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into running a successful program correctly and I fell in love with the process, the challenges and the rewards of seeing the student-athletes exceed their own expectations. When my collegiate soccer career was ended by an ACL injury, I was fortunate enough to have a volleyball coaching opportunity offered to me which I figured would be beneficial to help me keep my sanity by remaining in a competitive environment. I was very fortunate through my athletic career to have many great coaches that had a positive impact in my development as a young person and as soon as I was given that same opportunity to affect positive change in the lives of the young women that I coached I fell in love with the profession and renewed my love for the process and the sport of volleyball. What are your career goals in the sport? My number one goal within the sport is to leave every program that I am able to be a part of in a better condition than it was when I arrived. That begins with providing the best possible opportunities for the student-athletes to be successful and being a catalyst to fuel their love and passion for the sport into a dedication that develops them into successful people in all phases of life. In the future, I hope to explore collegiate coaching opportunities within the NCAA and continue to learn and grow my knowledge for the sport by working with other great coaches. Education: Bachelors of Science – Exercise Science Management with a Minor in Coaching Black Hills State University (2012) – Magna Cum Laude Family: (wife) Maggie Albers Last Vacation: Honeymoon in St. Lucia, January of 2016 Favorite Book: You Win in the Locker Room First –Jon Gordon & Mike Smith Favorite Movie: 30 for 30: Survive & Advance Favorite Music: I am a hip-hop fan Pets: One puppy named Kirby Mentor: My dad, my grandfather, coach and former AD Steve Smiley, and all of the head coaches that I’ve worked under as an assistant coach. Additional Comments: I am very appreciative of the AVCA for this honor and have been fortunate to work at great institutions that have supported my career development and growth through the AVCA. I’d like to give a big thank you to my wonderful wife who supports me, helps keep me grounded and allows me to share so much of my time with my profession. I’d also like to recognize all of the dedicated and driven young women that I have had the pleasure to coach. They’ve challenged me and made coaching an enjoyable and rewarding experience for which I am very blessed.
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