Lexington, Ky. - April 24, 2019 - For the second-straight season, Springfield College men's volleyball head coach Charlie Sullivan has been selected as the USMC/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Men's National Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Michael Henchy was named the AVCA Division III Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year.
This is the first time in the history of the award at the Division III level that the same coach has won the award in back-to-back seasons and marks the fourth time in his career that Sullivan has garnered the national honor, as he was previously recognized in 2010, 2012, and 2017. Henchy becomes the first Springfield College men's volleyball assistant to earn national honors from the AVCA since Kevin Burch was selected as the top assistant coach in the country in 2012.
It's been an impressive year for Springfield, which will play in its 10th-straight Division III national semifinal this Friday as the top-seed in the NCAA Division III Championship against New Paltz in Union, New Jersey. Springfield owns a 27-2 record this year, including a 24-1 mark against Division III opponents this season. Springfield has been ranked No. 1 in the country in nine of the 14 of the AVCA Division III National Polls this year, and has been among the top two ranked programs in the country in the past 59-consecutive polls dating back to 2015.
Entering the 2019 campaign, Sullivan returned just one starter who played in the same position on the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship squad, as the Pride lost over 80% of its offensive production from a year ago.
In his 21 years on the sidelines at Springfield, Sullivan has racked up a career record of 423-183, good for a .698 winning percentage. Additionally, since the NCAA began its sponsorship of the Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship in 2012, Sullivan has guided Springfield to a 211-12 record against Division III opponents.
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