Andy Banachowski Named Head Coach of USA Volleyball's Junior National Team
Feb. 12, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - USA Volleyball has announced the coaching staffs for its High Performance teams competing at FIVB World Championships this summer.
Andy Banachowski, head women's volleyball coach at UCLA, has been selected to lead the U.S. Women's Junior National Team. He will be assisted by Karrie Larson, assistant at Colorado State University, and Ted Wade, who is associate director of Austin Junior Volleyball and volunteer assistant at University of Texas. The U.S. Women's Junior National Team won the gold medal at the 2006 NORCECA Continental Junior Championships to qualify for the FIVB World Championships this summer in Thailand July 19-27.
Banachowski earned both Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year and Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year honors in 2006. It was Banachowski's second Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year award, having previously been so honored in 1989.
Since its first serve in 1965, UCLA has been one of the top women's volleyball programs in the country, and Banachowski has led the Bruins for all but two of those seasons. This season, UCLA finished 33-4, reaching the national semifinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament. The 33 wins were the most for the program since 1992 when they went 33-1 and reached the NCAA Championship match.
Rated No. 10 in the preseason CSTV/AVCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll, UCLA won their first 20 matches, climbing to as high as No. 3 in the rankings. The Bruins went 15-3 in the Pac-10, tying for second place in a conference that boasted five of the top fifteen teams in the country this season, including three of the four teams in the national semifinals. The second place conference finish is the best for the program since 1999.
Banachowski, the all-time wins leader in women's NCAA Division I history, has now won 1,037 matches in his 40 seasons at UCLA, against only 269 losses, a .794 winning percentage. He has been involved in 12 volleyball National Championships at UCLA, including ten as a coach (six women's and four men's titles), and two titles as a player for UCLA's men's team. Banachowski has had three double title years, 1972, '74 and '75, as the Bruin men's and women's teams both won the championship in those years.
Banachowski takes home his second Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year honor, first winning the award in 1989. He also won the first Tachikara/AVCA Division I Pacific Region Coach of the Year honor of his career last week. Banachowski was named Tachikara/AVCA Division I District Coach of the Year four times (1989, '92, '93 and '98).
Wingate University Head Coach Shelton Collier returns to lead the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team, while Regis University (Colo.) Head Coach Frank Lavrisha also returns as an assistant coach. Anne Kordes, head coach at Saint Louis University, rounds out the staff as an assistant coach. Team USA won the NORCECA Continental Girls' Youth Championship in 2006 to earn a spot in the FIVB World Championships in Mexico Aug. 3-12.
Andy Read, assistant men's coach at Long Beach State University, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team after leading the squad to silver at NORCECA Continental Men's Junior Championships in 2006. He will be assisted by University of Southern California Assistant Coach John Hawks and Rutgers University-Newark Assistant Coach Matt Martin. The U.S. Men's Junior National Team placed second at the 2006 NORCECA Continental Men's Junior Championships, which earned the squad a berth in the 2007 FIVB World Championships at Morocco July 7-16.
The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team will be guided by University of Hawai'i Assistant Coach Tino Reyes. He will be assisted by Brigham Young University Co-Head Coach Shawn Patchell and Stanford University Assistant Coach Ken Shibuya. The U.S. Boys' Youth National qualified for the 2007 FIVB World Championships Aug. 15-26 in Mexico by finishing second at the 2006 NORCECA Continental Boys' Youth Championship.