MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Former Florida State volleyball head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud was officially inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2017 class on Thursday (Dec. 13) at the AVCA Convention at this year’s Final Four site, Minneapolis. Reynaud’s class of four makes a total of 77 members in the AVCA Hall of Fame.
Reynaud is joined by former Notre Dame head coach Debbie Brown, current Nebraska head coach John Cook and Cal Poly Pomona head coach Rosie Wegrich as inductees of the 15th class.
“Cecile has made a tremendous impact in the sport of volleyball,” said FSU volleyball head coach Chris Poole. “She has mentored many young coaches, including myself. I looked up to Cecile as a young coach as she had one of the best programs in the southeast for many years. It has been an honor to build on the foundation she started.”
Although she retired from coaching in 2001, Reynaud stayed involved at Florida State. She is currently a research associate for the Sport Management program and serves as a color analyst for the team on ACC Network Extra broadcasts, as well as a mentor for current athletes. Reynaud also served as an interim assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator at Florida State from 1994-95.
“Cecile still keeps up with the program and I value her input” Poole said. “We are very fortunate that she still lives in Tallahassee, as she is a great resource for our staff and players.”
One of the best players coached by Reynaud, Gabrielle Reece, returned to Tallahassee this year as her jersey became the first to be retired by the Florida State volleyball program.
From 1976-2001, Reynaud guided the Florida State Seminoles to 636 victories. At the time of her retirement, she was just one of eight active coaches to register more than 600 wins. During her Seminoles career, she picked up four conference coach of the year awards and seven conference championships (six Metro Conference and one ACC). Overall, her teams competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments.
In 1989, Reynaud received the USA Volleyball George J. Fischer Award for her contributions to the sport of volleyball and took home the AVCA South Region Coach of the Year honor the same year. In 2000-2001, Reynaud’s Seminoles earned the Director’s Cup for Service, given annually to the team that performs the most community service hours.
Her career spanned international competition as well. In 1983, she served as an assistant coach for the World University Games in Canada, and went on to coach the United States Junior National Team. Highly respected by her peers, she held the honorable position of Deputy Competition Manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Additionally, she served on both the USA Volleyball and AVCA Board of Directors and once served as the AVCA President.
Also an accomplished author and speaker, Reynaud has written numerous books including The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Vol. I + II, She Can Coach!, and Coaching Volleyball: Techniques and Tactics. You can also find countless coaching instructional DVDs or find her in a gym demonstrating in person at a local clinic.
“Many volleyball coaches and fans would rightly consider Cecile Reynaud to be one of the faces of volleyball in the USA,” said 2015 AVCA Hall of Fame Inductee Stephanie Schleuder.
About the AVCA Hall of Fame
The AVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport with the AVCA Hall of Fame. The first AVCA Hall of Fame class, a total of 23 individuals who had earned either the AVCA Founders Award or AVCA Excellence in Education Award, was honored at the 2003 AVCA Convention. These four will make a total of 77 members in the AVCA Hall of Fame.
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