Arizona's David Rubio Named ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Coach-Of-The-Year

Dec. 29, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona's head volleyball coach David Rubio has been the 2001 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year, the publication announced on Friday. Rubio was honored as the nation's top coach for leading the Wildcats to a 25-5 overall record and the first NCAA Final Four appearance in school history in 2001. It is his third national coach-of-the-year honor in his 15-year career, but the first at the Division I level.

Rubio, whose career record stands at 317-162 (.662), was twice named ASICS Tiger Coach-of-the-Year at Division II Cal-State Bakersfield in 1989 and 1991.

Also honored on Friday were seniors Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot. Burkholder, Arizona's career leader in assists, was named first-team All-America by the publication. It is the second consecutive season she has been recognized by Volleyball Magazine, making her the first player in Arizona history to be named a two-time All-American by two different organizations. She was named to her second straight AVCA All-America team early this month.

Classmate Talbot, who was also named first-team All-America by the AVCA, garnered third-team honors from Volleyball Magazine.

ASICS/Volleyball Magazine2001 Division I All-American Team

Player of the Year:Logan Tom Stanford OH Jr.

Coach of Year:David Rubio Arizona

First team:Dana Burkholder Arizona S Sr.Lizzy Fitzgerald Wisconsin S Sr.Sherisa Livingston Wisconsin MB Sr.Nancy Metcalf Nebraska OPP Sr.Cheryl Weaver Long Beach State MB Sr.Kim Willoughby Hawaii OH Soph.Second team:Greichaly Cepero Nebraska S Jr.Aury Cruz Florida OH Soph.Kristee Porter UCLA OH SrTayyiba Haneef Long Beach State OH Sr.Amber Holmquist Nebraska MB Jr.Angela Knopf Colorado State OH Sr.Third team:Jennifer Joines Pacific MB Soph.Jenny Kropp Nebraska MB Sr.Jenna Moscovic Texas A&M S Sr.Jill Talbot Arizona Opp. Sr.April Ross USC OH Soph.Katie Wilkins Pepperdine OH Soph.Honorable Mention:Lindsey Berg (Minnesota) * Courtney Cox (Colorado State) * StephanieHagen (Minnesota) * Erin Hartley (Michigan State) * Brittany Hochevar(Long Beach State) * Benavia Jenkins (Florida) * Robyn Lewis (Stanford)* Molly O'Brien (Northern Iowa) * Keri Nishimoto (Long Beach State) *Jennifer Paul (USC) * Nicole McCray (Florida) * Katie Olsovsky (USC) *Katie Schumacher (Penn State) * Kim Turner (Utah) * Katie Virtue (OhioState) * Liz Wegner (Kansas State).Freshman of the Year:Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford)All-Freshmen team:Kaeo Burdine (USC) * Jessica Diepersloot (Cal Poly) * Stacey Gordon(Ohio State) * Bethany Howden (Texas) * Sheila Ocasio-Clemente (UNLV) *Mia Topic (Texas).

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