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John Hawks Named Assistant Coach of the Year

May 2, 2022

UCLA assistant men's volleyball assistant John Hawks was named the NVA/AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year in announcement Tuesday morning by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In his seventh season with the Bruins, Hawks focuses his coaching skills on developing the Bruin offense while also serving as recruiting coordinator. His efforts in both phases helped UCLA rise to No. 1 in the nation in the rankings in 2022 for its longest run in the top spot, nine weeks, since 1995 and produce the nation's highest hitting percentage this season at .375.
 
In fact, UCLA has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the AVCA poll in six of the past seven seasons. During 2022, the Bruins have hit for a higher percentage than their opponent in all 21 wins and connected for at least a .300 mark in each of the last 16 matches this season. The total of 21 wins in 2022 is the first time UCLA has registered a 20-win campaign since 2018. Its nine-match winning streak earlier this season was the longest by a Bruin team since the 2016 squad opened the year with wins its first 10 matches. The Bruins also captured the MPSF regular season title for the first time since 1998.
 
Setter Miles Partain became the first Bruin since 2000 to be named MPSF Player of the Year after directing the Bruin on-court offense in his first season as a starter in 2022. He is also one of three finalists for the Lloy Ball Award as the nation's top setter. In addition, Kevin Kobrine is one of three finalists for the Bryan Ivie Award as the country's best opposite. Merrick McHenry, who rates second in the nation in hitting percentage, is a finalist for the Ryan Millar Award as the nation's top middle attacker. Partain, McHenry and outside hitter Ethan Champlin were each named 2022 first-team NVA/AVCA All-America selections. Kobrine joined freshman Guy Genis on the second-team All-America unit.
 
This marked the fourth straight season in which UCLA had placed at least two players on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Freshman squad. Genis was named the 2022 MPSF Freshman of the Year after leading the league in blocks/set and ranking among the leaders in hitting percentage. Three of those freshman honorees from the past two MPSF votes – Genis, Champlin and McHenry --- were named as 2022 NVA/AVCA All-America selections.
 
Prior the coming to UCLA, Hawks was a highly successful club coach and also worked on the coaching staffs at Long Beach State, USC and UC Irvine. He has also coached at the international level for U.S.A. Men's Volleyball on multiple occasions.