Feb. 23, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Michigan volleyball assistant coach Erin Virtue was honored with the 30 Under 30 Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Thursday (Feb. 23), marking the third consecutive season she has been recognized.
"This is a great honor for Erin," head coach Mark Rosen said. "It truly shows how great she is at what she does, both on the court and in recruiting. There are a lot of good, young coaches out there, and for her to get this award three years in a rows says a lot of about her. We are proud of her and are so happy that she is part of the Michigan volleyball family."
Virtue, who also won the award in 2010 and 2011 while coaching at the University of Cincinnati, recently completed her first season with the Wolverines this past fall, helping U-M go 22-13 and reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. She serves as recruiting coordinator and is responsible for coaching Michigan's setters.
This past season, Virtue mentored freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) to All-Big Ten freshman team honors after she started all 35 matches, handing out 11.63 assists per set and recording 2.42 digs per frame en route. Her total of 1,523 assists was second in the Big Ten and ranks fourth on the single-season list at Michigan.
The award was started in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2011. Of the 30 recipients, 19 are head coaches and 11 are assistant coaches. Ten are NCAA Division I women's coaches, four coach NAIA squads, four are in NCAA Division III, and another four for high school. There are also three NCAA Division II recipients along with three club coaches and two two-year college coaches.
Virtue is one of three three-time honorees this year, joining Northern Illinois' Coley Pawlikowski (2009, '11) and Syracuse's Kelly Morrisroe (2009, '10).
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