ORLANDO, Fla. – Former Florida State volleyball coach Cecile Reynaud, who posted a 635-326 record in 26 seasons with the Seminoles, added another accolade to her career on Wednesday night when she received the Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award during the Dorothy C. Boyce Awards Recognition Banquet. The highest honor bestowed by USA Volleyball, the award is presented to an individual for distinguished service to and leadership in the sport of volleyball, both nationally and worldwide.
Reynaud retired as head coach at Florida State University following the 2001 NCAA season, but remained active in the sport of volleyball. She has an extensive USA Volleyball history in developing coaches and broadening programming and has been a member of the USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) teaching cadre since 1988. Reynaud also served on USA Volleyball’s Board of Directors in two different segments, the first being from 1985-97 and during that time, she was on the USAV executive committee from 1992-96.
Reynaud returned to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors in 2013 and is entering her 15th overall year on the board. She is currently chair of the USA Volleyball Personnel Committee. She has been chair of the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award committee since 2001. Reynaud was team leader for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Team, followed by serving in the same role and as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women’s National Team World Grand Prix trip.
Reynaud, who accepted the head coach position at FSU at age 22, posted the ninth-most NCAA Division I victories (635) at the time of her retirement. Her teams claimed six Metro Conference Championships, one ACC title and competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments. In her final season, the Seminoles reached the ACC Championship match. Reynaud earned conference Coach of the Year honors four times during her career.
Reynaud was elected to serve as president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association from 1989-1990. She has been part of the AVCA board in two different stints, the first being from 1986 to 1991 and her second tenure starting in 2006 where she remains as its education and publications representative.
Reynaud, who was honored with USA Volleyball’s George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award in 1996, has served on various USAV Committees including chair of the All-Time Great Coaches Selection Committee (2001-present), Foundation’s Education Grant Review Committee (2006-present), Special Commission on the Participant Safety (2010-present) and Paralympic High Performance Commission (2013-present). She has also been a leader in USA Volleyball’s SafeSport program since its creation.
Although retired from collegiate coaching, Reynaud never put down her whistle. She served as coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth Continental Team that competed in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in 2009 and 2010. It was not her first involvement with the HP pipeline as one of her first groups she coached was the 1983 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. That same year Reynaud was an assistant coach for the U.S. World University Games Team that completed in Canada. She also served as a coordinator at the U.S. Olympic Festival for several years and participated in the Goodwill Games.
Reynaud served as the team leader for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Volleyball Team as the squad won the silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London. She was both an assistant coach and team leader for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Reynaud’s coaching expertise has not been limited to working in the United States, as she also served as a FIVB instructor from 1999-2006 after serving as the deputy competition manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Along with being a highly regarded speaker, Reynaud has written numerous publications. She is co-editor of “The Volleyball Coaching Bible” that came out in 2002. She has been a technical consultant for two Power Volleyball films and has co-authored numerous articles pertaining to women’s athletics.
Since finishing her collegiate coaching career, Reynaud has served as television color analyst for several conference broadcasts over the last decade.
Reynaud, who earned her Ph.D. in athletic administration from Florida State, served as a faculty member in Florida State’s sport management department from 2002-2015, helping to teach the next generation of sports executives.