Concordia University boasts award-winning volleyball coach


High school students who play volleyball and who wish to continue to do so competitively in college may want to consider enrolling at Concordia University in Minnesota. The head of the school's women's team, Brady Starkey, was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II National Coach of the Year.

Starkey led a 22-match win streak before taking home the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II National Championship trophy with a 32-4 overall record. Furthermore, five students were named to the championship's all-tournament team. The Golden Bears also had their fifth undefeated league record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), in which the team took home its eighth straight NSIC title.

After a 3-1 victory over Tampa in the NCAA finals, the Golden Bears took home their fourth consecutive national title, leading to the first-ever four-peat recorded in NCAA Division I or Division II volleyball.

After coaching for eight seasons, Starkey garnered a 272-24 overall record. He is a five-time NSIC Coach of the Year honoree, a six-time AVCA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year recipient and earned his first AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year award in 2007.

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