Assistant Coaches Virtue, Boller Earn AVCA 30 Under 30 Award
Erin Virtue (left) and Craig Boller

March 14, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- University of Michigan volleyball assistant coach Erin Virtue and volunteer assistant coach Craig Boller have earned the 30 Under 30 Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, it was announced today (Thursday, March 14). Virtue earns the award for the fourth straight year, while Boller picked up his first 30 Under 30 honor.

Michigan was the only school to have multiple representatives on the 30 Under 30 list, and Virtue is the only coach on the list who has been honored for four straight years.

"The Michigan volleyball program is very proud of Erin and Craig for their accomplishment of being named to the AVCA 30 Under 30 list," said U-M head coach Mark Rosen. "We are very fortunate to have two members of our program honored with an award that only 30 coaches receive in the entire nation. Both Erin and Craig are tireless workers that strive to be the best in everything they do, and it's awesome to see that effort recognized by our coaches association."

Virtue completed her second season with the Wolverines in 2012, helping U-M to the program's first-ever national semifinal berth and a 27-12 overall record. She serves as the recruiting coordinator and is responsible for coaching Michigan's setters.

This past season, Virtue mentored sophomore setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West), who had 1,622 assists to rank third on U-M's single-season list. Dannemiller was named to the All-Berkeley Regional team and was a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week (Nov. 5, Nov. 12). She had 59 assists in the win over Stanford (Dec. 8) in the NCAA regional final and had 52 assists in the national semifinal match against Texas (Dec. 13).

Boller, who completed his second season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Wolverines, is instrumental in helping the Wolverines with front-row play. He coached junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate), who set the U-M single-season block record (181) and was named to the AVCA All-America third team. Cross finished the season third in the Big Ten with 1.24 blocks per set and earned All-Big Ten selection.

"It's great to see Craig recognized so early in his coaching career," added Rosen. "I am confident his career will be filled with many more great accomplishments. For Erin to be honored with this award for a fourth straight year is truly remarkable and well deserved. She is truly a bright star in the volleyball coaching world. We are all very pleased and proud to have Erin and Craig as members of the Michigan Volleyball family."

The 30 Under 30 award was started in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees must be 30 years old or younger in 2012. Of the 30 recipients, 12 are head coaches and 18 are assistant coaches. Nine are NCAA Division I women's coaches, nine are from Division II, five are NCAA Division III, two each are in high school, NAIA and club, and one is a two-year college coach.

AVCA 30 Under 30 Award

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