NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Class
November 3, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two new members of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame have been announced by the organization. The 2011 are current Blinn College (Texas) head coach David Rehr and former Western Nebraska Community College head coach Chris Green.
Both inductees will be honored on Nov. 15 at the 2011 NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship banquet on the campus of Missouri State University – West Plains.
Rehr is in his ninth season as head volleyball coach for the Buccaneers, which marks his 12th overall at the collegiate level.
In his eight seasons at Blinn, Rehr has built the program into a national powerhouse, winning seven Region XIV titles (2003-2006, 2008-2010). In 2008, he brought home the program’s first-ever NJCAA Championship, finishing the season with a 33-2 mark. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, Rehr has amassed an overall record of 355-63, good for an .849 winning percentage.
Prior to his arrival at Blinn in 2003, the program had not previously earned a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. In his inaugural season, the Buccaneers won their first 41 matches on their way to a 43-2 season and a sixth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I ranks.
Rehr began his coaching career at Frank Phillips College (Borger, Texas) in 2000. In his three seasons at FPC, he went 80-28 with two conference championships, one Region championship and a national tournament appearance (2002).
He was named Blinn College athletic director in June of 2007 and became the first head coach since Leroy Dreyer to serve a dual role as Blinn’s athletic director and head coach. He served in this capacity from 2007-2011.
With Rehr as athletic director, Blinn achieved unparalleled success in all sports. In 2008, his volleyball team won the NJCAA National Championship, producing two All-Americans and the National Player of the Year. In 2009, the football team won the NJCAA National Championship, the fourth in the program’s history. That team was led by All-American quarterback Cam Newton, who would go on to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy and be selected as the number one overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Active in the volleyball community, Rehr serves as the Two-Year College representative to the Board of Directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), a position he has held since 2009. The AVCA is the largest coaches association in the world.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Rehr attended Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla., where he was a student assistant with the volleyball program. He earned both his Bachelors of Science in Wellness and Masters of Arts in Physical Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He and his wife Felicia were married in 2005, and they have a two-year-old son, Noah.
Green, who is the current head coach at University of Alaska – Anchorage, spent previous nine seasons (1999-07) as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb. During his tenure he built a national championship contending program, compiling a 453-55 record.
His 2007 squad won the NJCAA Division I national title and his teams finished in the top 10 nationally in all his seasons leading the program, including a string of national semi-finals appearances. In the last three seasons, WNCC went 163-7 and finished national runner-up in 2006.
Under Green’s tutelage, the Cougars earned a total of 10 first-team and six second-team NJCAA All-America certificates and regularly placed players at NCAA Div. I and II programs. WNCC’s players also found success in the classroom, with the team maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in all nine of his seasons.
In just three seasons at the helm of the Alaska Anchorage volleyball program, Chris Green has led the Seawolves to one of the most remarkable turnarounds in collegiate volleyball, culminating with back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010.
Last season his Seawolves finished 18-9 — including a win over 2nd-ranked and eventual West Region champion Cal State San Bernardino — as they again made the NCAA Division II playoffs in perhaps the nation’s toughest region.
His 2009 club won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and boosted by a school-record 13-match win streak. The Nebraska native earned both the GNAC and NCAA Div. II West Region coach-of-the-year awards as the Seawolves tied for the best winning percentage (.742) and posted the second-most victories in program history.
In his first year at UAA, Green took over a team that had won just five matches the previous campaign, producing a solid 15-14 mark.
The Gering, Neb., native also coached seven years at the prep level, including a four-year stint at Kauai High School in Lihue, Hawaii. Green earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Nebraska in 1991, and received his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1995.
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