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    FIGHTING IRISH Assistant coach Christy Pfeffenberger was named to the AVCA Thirty Under 30 list recently.
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    Assistant coach Christy Pfeffenberger was named to the AVCA Thirty Under 30 list recently.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    March 15, 2013

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame volleyball third-year assistant coach Christy Pfeffenberger has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) prestigious Thirty Under 30 list for the second time, the organization announced recently.

    "It's a great honor to be recognized amongst such an elite group," said Pfeffenberger. "I have had the opportunity to be mentored by great coaches, be a part of some amazing programs and work with exceptional student-athletes. That combination has made going to work each day fun and enjoyable. Thank you to the AVCA for all that they do, and for recognizing up and coming coaches."

    "I'm proud of Christy and the hard work she has demonstrated, which has allowed her to receive this award," said head coach Debbie Brown. "She is certainly one of the bright young coaches in the profession and we are fortunate to have her as an integral part of our program."

    Pfeffenberger, who also won the award in 2009 as an assistant at Xavier, works primarily with the Irish outside and right side hitters, but also helps mentor the middle blockers and the defense. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also is the program's recruiting coordinator.   

    In her second season in 2012, Pfeffenberger worked with honorable mention All-American Toni Alugbue as the sophomore made an impressive move from the middle to the outside. Pfeffenberger also helped tutor honorable mention All-American Jeni Houser and an Irish defense that led the BIG EAST in blocks as they advanced to both the BIG EAST and NCAA Championships.

    In Pfeffenberger's first campaign with Notre Dame, she helped oversee the final season of second team all-BIG EAST performer Kristen Dealy as the Irish advanced to the BIG EAST Championship match for the 14th time.


     

     

    Before coming to Notre Dame, Pfeffenberger had stops at Xavier, Youngstown State and Dayton.

    The award was created 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 2012. The list of winners will be featured in the upcoming May edition of Coaching Volleyball 2.0.  

    Of the 30 recipients, 12 are head coaches and 18 are assistant coaches. Nine are NCAA Division I women's coaches, nine are Division II, five are NCAA Division III, two are in high school, the NAIA and club while one is a Two Year College coach.

    Thirty Under 30 Award Recipients

    Jenifer Bahner, Head Coach


    Cowley College, Arkansas City, KS (NJCAA Division II)



    Ryan Baumgartner, Head Coach


    Dominican University, River Forest, IL (NCAA Division III)



    Craig Boller. Club Director, Head Coach; Volunteer Assistant (University of Michigan)


    A2 Volleyball Club, Ann Arbor, MI (Club)



    Stefanie Carrington, Head Coach


    Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY (NCAA Division II)



    Julie Darty, Assistant Coach


    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (NCAA Division I)



    Jamie deTurck, Head Coach


    Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville, TX (High School)



    Brett Ferguson, Assistant Coach


    Northwood University, Midland, MI (NCAA Division II)



    Tammi Fries, Assistant Coach


    Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (NCAA Division II)



    Kyleigh Gerlach, Assistant Coach 


    2012:  University of Indianapolis (NCAA DII)

    2013: Virginia Commonwealth University (NCAA DI)



    Michael Houlihan, Associate Head Coach


    UMass-Boston, Boston, MA (NCAA Division III)



    Anna Howle, Head Coach


    Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma (NAIA)



    William Kline, Assistant Coach


    Bethany College, Bethany, WV (NCAA Division III)



    Jeff Lennox, Head Coach - Men and Women


    Barton College, Wilson, NC (NCAA Division II)
 

    James Lundgren III, Assistant Coach


    Azusa Pacific University, Encinitas, CA (NAIA)



    Daniel Mahy, Assistant Coach


    Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Meyers, FL (NCAA Division I)



    Matt McCarthy, Assistant Coach - Men


    Lewis University, Romeoville, IL (NCAA Division II)



    Monica McDonald, Head Coach


    Otterbein University, Westerville, OH (NCAA Division III)



    Jason Munoz, Assistant Coach


    Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma (NAIA)



    Jonathan Newman-Gonchar, Assistant Coach


    2012: Loyola Marymount University (NCAA DI),

    2013: Iowa State University (NCAA DI)  



    Kimberly Olson, Assistant Coach - Indoor and Sand


    College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (NCAA Division I)



    Christine Pfeffenberger, Assistant Coach


    University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (NCAA Division I)



    Chloe Quirk, Assistant Coach


    Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA (NCAA Division II)



    Heather Roberts, Assistant Coach


    Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (NCAA Division II)



    Brian Rosen, Head Coach


    Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte, NC (High School)



    Lauren Sands, Club Director, Head Coach


    Atlanta Extreme Volleyball Club, Suwanee, GA (Club)



    Aaron Smith, Assistant Coach


    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (NCAA Division I)



    Matt Ulmer, Assistant Coach, Head Coach - Sand


    Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CA (NCAA Division I)    



    Jennifer Vaden, Assistant Coach


    Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (NCAA Division I)



    Erin Virtue, Assistant Coach


    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (NCAA Division I)



    Braden Zamore, Head Coach - Men and Women


    Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH (NCAA Division III)                                               

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