ORLANDO – After leading the Knights to their third straight conference title and NCAA berth, UCF Volleyball head coach Todd Dagenais has been named American Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Dagenais shares the honor with Temple head coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam.
For Dagenais, the honor was the third of his career after hauling in the award for the first time in 2014 when the Knights won the league title and again in 2018 after leading UCF to an undefeated 18-0 record in conference play to win the regular season title again. Dagenais now has four American Athletic Conference titles in the last seven seasons.
"Our volleyball program is so fortunate to have two amazing associate head coaches playing major rolls in Brian Doyon and Jenny Maurer, a relentless and tireless support technician in TJ Read who makes sure that this ship is always going in the right direction, a young and hungry volunteer coach in Cam Stevens, who is going to go on and be a coach somewhere in the not-too-distant future, and an amazing support staff to surround them.
"We're just lucky to have a great team around this fantastic group of student-athletes. Sure, I do my part and make decisions and so on, but it takes way more than just a head coach to build a championship program."
In his 13th season at UCF, Dagenais and his staff guided the Knights to one of the best seasons in program history, going 16-1 overall and an undefeated 8-0 in league play, becoming just the fourth team to accomplish the feat in conference history. The Knights won the conference title for the third straight season on April 3.
Coach Dagenais now has four conference titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances under his belt (2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020-21). Dagenais is also UCF Volleyball's all-time winningest head coach with 253 career victories with the Knights.
The All-Conference recognition doesn't stop with coach Dagenais. Three Knights were named All-Conference while McKenna Melville was tabbed as the league's Player of the Year.
Back in the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row, Dagenais and the Knights will open the tournament against High Point on Wednesday, April 14 in Omaha, Nebraska. The first-round match is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN3.
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