Jon Dazé Honored on AVCA's Thirty Under 30 List
Jon Dazé receives recognition from the AVCA for his work with both the women's indoor and sand volleyball teams.
March 7, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - For the better part of the last two years Jon Dazé has dedicated countless hours as a volunteer assistant coach for both the Pepperdine sand and women's indoor volleyball teams. Today, Dazé was awarded for his efforts and recognized on the AVCA Thirty Under 30 list.
Established in 2009, the award honors emerging coaching talent younger than 30 years old at all levels of volleyball.
Dazé, who is currently pursuing his master's degree in Educations Psychology from Pepperdine, was the only volunteer assistant coach honored this season, and just the second in the history of the award.
"For Jon to be recognized as a great young coach is tremendous," said head sand volleyball coach Nina Matthies, "He has made a huge sacrifice, volunteering his time and energy. He has put himself on a great path and is just a fantastic human being. I am so proud of Jon and grateful for everything he has done to make a positive impact on Pepperdine volleyball."
Dazé began working with the Pepperdine indoor squad in 2012, while Matthies was still leading both the indoor and sand programs. The Waves made their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament that season, and 22nd overall.
In the emerging sport of sand volleyball, Dazé helped Pepperdine to its second-straight undefeated regular season in 2013. The Waves returned to the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship title match and saw a nation-best four student-athletes awarded with All-American honors.
According to Coach Matthies, "Jon is a great teacher with an innovative mind in lending itself to creating practice plans and drills. His ability to communicate with players is tremendous. Those skills and his knowledge of the game have garnered the respect of the student-athletes.
"He is committed to learning the different nuances of the indoor and sand games in order to make himself a better coach, and create opportunities for himself in order to further his career in volleyball. Like all volunteer coaches, he's truly the unsung hero on our staff."
In addition to coaching at Pepperdine, Dazé has also worked with both the Nina Matthies and Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camps. His coaching experience extends to nearly all levels, including club, high school, junior college, NAIA and NCAA.
Not only does Dazé assist with the #1-ranked Pepperdine sand volleyball team, which opens its season on March 8, he also is working with the Waves' assistant coach Marcio Sicoli in training 2016 Olympic hopefuls Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.
To see the complete list of Thirty Under 30 winners, visit the AVCA website.