UMD'S MAY NAMED AVCA NATIONAL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
Thursday, December 13, 2012
University of Minnesota Duluth assistant coach Christyn May has been named National Volleyball Assistant Coach of the Year, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Thursday. May has worked under Bulldog head coach Jim Boos in each of his 11 years at the UMD helm, spending nine seasons as a full-time assistant after serving in a volunteer role in 2002 and 2003.
May joined the Bulldogs following a four-year stint at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska–Omaha. She began on the Mavericks’ sidelines as a student assistant before continuing as a graduate assistant, and ultimately serving as a volunteer assistant coach. May has also served as the head coach for the Duluth Area Junior Olympic volleyball team since 2004.
A native of Palisade, Neb., May graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1994 before beginning a four-year career (1994-97) at Nebraska—Omaha. During that stretch, she was the Mavericks’ starting outside hitter on a pair of North Central Conference-champion clubs. The Mavericks twice advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight during May’s tenure as a player, and claimed the NCAA Division II National Title when she was a junior. A member of the Elite Eight All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1997, May played one year of basketball (1998-99) following the conclusion of her volleyball playing career and captained the Mavericks in her one year of duty.
May, who is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education (with a specialization in exercise science) from Nebraska—Omaha in 1999 and owns a Master’s degree in education from UMD (2008). The Bulldogs have appeared in 11 consecutive national tournaments and won seven conference titles while racking up an overall record of 298-57 since May arrived in 2002.
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