Lexington, Ky. (April 18, 2017) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Grand View University Head Coach Donan Cruz as the 2017 USMC/AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.
This is Cruz's third USMC/AVCA Coach of the Year award (2014, 2015, 2017) Cruz started the Grand View Men's Volleyball program and is currently in his sixth season with the Vikings. Grand View won the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season and also confernce tournamnet (12-0) posting a 22-3 overall record. The Vikings enter as the No. 1 overall seed in the NAIA National Invitational riding a 14-match winning streak.
Grand View has ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches Poll in six of the eight polls. Cruz also mentored the most AVCA All-Americans in this year's class with three (Pedro Cardoso (SR/Sao Paulo, Brazil), Tim Johnson (JR/Chicago, Illinois) and Felipe Rosa (JR/Sao Paulo, Brazil)). Cruz also earned Heart of America Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year
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