Erin Virtue Receives Thirty Under 30 Volleyball Award

Feb. 23, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - In the February/March edition of Coaching Volleyball Magazine, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its Thirty Under 30 Awards, honoring coaches under 30 years old at all levels of volleyball for their accomplishments. University of Cincinnati assistant coach Erin Virtue was one of the Thirty Under 30 Award winners, making her one of 19 assistant coaches and just one of eight Division I women's coaches chosen for the award.

"We are very proud of the smart, energetic young people who are choosing to enter our profession," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "This second strong class of overachievers means the future is bright for both volleyball players and the AVCA."

"Erin does a great job for us both recruiting and coaching," said head coach Reed Sunahara. "She has been a great addition to our program and she truly deserves this award."

Virtue is in her third year as an assistant for the Bearcats squad and has helped lead UC to back-to-back 25-plus win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances, while also helping Cincinnati win a share of its first BIG EAST Conference regular-season title in 2008. Virtue, a former all-American setter at the University of Illinois, has mentored current UC setter Annie Fesl and in each of Fesl's three seasons, she has finished in the Top 25 nationally in assists per set and was a first-team all-BIG EAST selection in 2009.



On the recruiting trail, Virtue has been an integral part of bringing consecutive Top 30 recruiting classes to Clifton according to UC's 2008 class was ranked 15th, while the 2009 class ranked 29th.

Virtue's coaching career was sparked by an injury sustained during her senior season at Illinois. "I was blessed with the opportunity to observe and learn from my coaches," said Virtue. "It was then that I appreciated all my coaches for what they provided for me as an athlete. It was during this time that I first thought I would like to someday become a coach."

For the complete list of the AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award Winners, Click here