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Lundgren Named As Top '30 Under 30'

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In addition to being the top assistant for the women's volleyball program Lundgren coaches Azusa men's club team, and serves as the commissioner of the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League.

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April 8, 2013
Shannon Righetti

AZUSA, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific’s assistant women’s volleyball coach, Jimmy Lundgren, has again been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Thirty Under 30 list.

The Thirty Under 30 award was created by the AVCA in 2009 to honor young coaches, 30 years old or younger, at their perspective levels for being outstanding coaches and future leaders in the volleyball coaching community.

“This Thirty Under 30 class, the AVCA’s fifth, is full of future leaders in the sport of volleyball,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “We congratulate them and, through them, celebrate our potential.”

Lundgren’s work as Azusa Pacific’s assistant women’s volleyball coach, head coach of the school’s men’s club team, and as the commissioner of the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League, has made him eligible for this prestigious award.

“We’re all very proud of him,” said Azusa Pacific head coach Chris Keife. “He’s a behind-the-scenes guy who helps with all of the details. His passion and excitement for teaching the game, and for the sport itself, is motivating for our players. Jimmy has done so much for our program, and is more than deserving of this honor.”

In 2012 Azusa Pacific won 20 matches for the ninth straight season (all under Keife), and reached the championship match of the NCCAA West Regional before falling to eventual national champion Fresno Pacific in the West final.

Among the 30 recipients are 12 head coaches and 18 assistant coaches. Nine come from NCAA Division I institutions, nine from NCAA Division II, with the remaining stemming from the Division III, NAIA, high school, and junior college levels.

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