June 21, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
LEXINGTON, Ky. (UCFAthletics.com) - One of the members of this year's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame class has been a huge influence in UCF volleyball coach Todd Dagenais' life and career. Dagenais served on Charles Erbe's staff at Michigan State as associate head coach from 1998-2003 with the Spartans competing in the NCAA Tournament each of those five seasons.
Erbe along with three others will be honored in a ceremony at the 2013 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Convention in Seattle, Washington. The AVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession and the sport with induction into the AVCA Hall of Fame.
I owe a great deal of my career path to Chuck, Dagenais said. When I was a young coach, He took a huge risk on me. I only had one semester of Division II experience, and he gave me the top assistant job in a top 10 caliber NCAA program. He taught me so much about creating your own destiny. I watched him work so hard and so passionately to accomplish the goals he set out achieve. Nothing I have been able to experience in this profession would have been possible if Chuck didn't take a gamble on me back in 1999. My family and I will be forever grateful for the life he has provided us.
Erbe developed into one of the best international and collegiate coaches this country has ever seen. Known for his attention to technical details, Erbe was one of the first American coaches to study the training methods of the Japanese, who were, at the time, the top women's program in the world. By the time he retired from Michigan State at the end of his coaching career, Erbe had amassed a collegiate record of 554-261-3, after splitting 24 collegiate seasons at the helm of the University of Southern California (1976-1988) and the Spartans (1993-2004).
While in East Lansing, Erbe coached the Michigan State team to 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. The final five trips came with Dagenais working under him as associate head coach. The 1994 Spartans advanced to the national semifinals, earning Erbe Big Ten, Volleyball Magazine and AVCA National Coach of the Year honors.
Today, the volleyball world is filled with hundreds of coaches and players which were influenced by
Chuck, Dagenais continued. Each of them form a branch off of his 'coaching tree,' some of them are
even today's primary caretakers and innovators in the sport, but all of them still depend on the strength of those roots Chuck laid down so many years ago."