DENTON, Texas - North Texas assistant volleyball coach Keith Schunzel was named a recipient of the 2011 AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award, which honors the top young coaches in college volleyball.
In just his first year with the Mean Green, Schunzel and NT head coach Ken Murczek led North Texas to its first Sun Belt West Division title and 20-win season since 2006.
"I'm honored to be included in this group of wonderful young coaches," Schunzel said. "I've been fortunate enough to work with some great head coaches and student-athletes, and I think this award is an indication of what people think our program at North Texas is capable of."
The former Indiana and Valparaiso assistant touts a winning pedigree as both a player and coach. Schunzel led Ball State to the 2002 NCAA Final Four as the team captain, and went on to play professionally overseas prior to coaching.
"This program would not have achieved success so quickly without the expertise of coach Schunzel," Murczek said. "He's been instrumental as our recruiting coordinator, securing us one of the top classes in school history, and his work with the 2010 class has been outstanding. The Mean Green looks forward to future success with Keith on board."
North Texas opens spring play at UT Arlington with a tournament on April 2, and will host cross-town rival Texas Women's on April 14 at 7 p.m.