Scott Shelley Named American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for the U16 Age Group
August 20, 2018 -
Before we turn our attention to Beach, we recognize and celebrate the selection of Scott Shelley as American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for the U16 Age Group. Scott and his A5 16-2 team earned this recognition by virtue of their winning back-to-back National Championships (AAU, 16 Premier Division; USAV, 16 USA Division). They finished their season on a 22-1 run, earning an end-of-year National Ranking of #35 by Prepvolleyball.com.
Speaking of Prep's National Rankings, here's a trivia question for ya:
Question: How many teams from Georgia finished the 2018 season ranked in the top 100 of the Nation by Prepvolleyball.com?
Answer: 9 -- by age:
Followup question: what do those nine teams all have in common?
Answer: You guessed it: those top 100 teams are all part of the A5 Family. A5 is the only club in Georgia to place a team in Prep's top 100 in the Nation, and nine teams were so honored.
Honestly..... why would a serious, aspiring volleyball athlete living in the GMA Atlanta area choose to play anywhere else?
But I digress.....
Says Scott About his COY Selection:
"I am deeply honored and humbled by this award, however I have to give all of the credit to our incredible team and coaching staff. Winning six total tournaments and going back to back at Nationals was amazing, but more importantly, this team grew and had fun during the process and that's what matters most. Our staff truly believes that a high energy, positive and fun environment helps build confidence and empower our players.
I'm also extremely proud that a "2" team is getting this recognition because there is a lot of talent in this sport at all levels, and a player's experience and growth during a season is more important than the number of her team.
I also want to thank the staff at A5 and Volleyperformance for giving these athletes a structure and program to train year-round. This team would not have been nearly as successful if they did not have the opportunity to train with and against the best teams and players in the city, region and country every day. A5 has great coaches at all levels and I'm lucky enough to be a small part of what this club has accomplished and will continue to accomplish."
Scott, who will coach A5's 18-1 team next season, joins A5 veterans Jing Hou and Gabe Aramian as AVCA Coaches of the Year. Congrats!