David Hunt Garners Third AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award

David Hunt (Photo by Felix Chamberlain)
April 6, 2017


LEXINGTON, Ky.:David Hunt, Pepperdine men’s volleyball associate head coach, was honored with the AVCA 30 Under 30 Award for the third time in his career, as released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Thursday.  Hunt also received the honors in 2010 and 2016 and this is his final year of eligibility for the accolade.

The honor was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.  To qualify, the nominee has to be 30 years old or young in the previous year and make an impact in the act of coaching volleyball.  Of the 30 recipients that were honored this year, 12 are NCAA Division I coaches, five in high school/club, four in NCAA Division III, three are NCAA Division II and Two-Year College, and there is one each in the NAIA, NCCAA and USCAA.

Hunt has been an instrumental part of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball program for 10 seasons as an assistant coach.  During his time with the Waves prior to the 2017 campaign, the Waves have posted a 111-76 (.594) overall record.  He is also currently a member on the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee.

In the summer of 2016, Hunt served in the national coaching ranks with the U.S. Women’s National Team and helped lead Team USA in the 2016 Olympic Games to a bronze medal finish.  He first earned a spot on the sideline in 2014 and have continued to excel in a leadership position under legendary coach Karch Kiraly.  In 2014, he helped lead the squad to a gold medal run at the FIVB World Championships in Italy, the team’s first-ever gold medal at any major tournament. 

In 2013, he served as an assistant coach for the Japan Men’s National Team, helping the team move up two spots in the FIVB World Rankings and earn the first FIVB World League win in over two years.

Throughout his time with the Waves, Hunt has coached four AVCA All-American First Teamers including Josh TaylorMatt West
Kasey Crider and Paul Carroll, four second team selections including West, Matt TarantinoParker KalmbachMaurice Torres and Cory Riecks and one honorable mention selection Brennan Anderson and Tommy Carmody.  

He has coached 10 Volleyball Magazine All-American’s, including first team honorees Jonathan Winder, Torres, Crider and Carroll; second team selections West, Kalmback, Torres and Riecks and third team recipient Taylor.  

Next, the Waves travel to UC San Diego and No. 5 UC Irvine on April 7 and 8 to close out the regular season.  Follow Pepperdine @PeppVolleyball on Twitter and Facebook for immediate updates and head to PepperdineWaves.com for recaps, results and more.



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