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Arkansas State University - Volleyball
Arkansas State University - Volleyball

 

DAVID REHR | HEAD COACH

David Rehr enters his fifth season as head coach of the A-State volleyball squad and 17th season overall as a head coach.  Rehr has compiled an overall record of 476-109 (.814) over 16 seasons as a head coach, which included stints at Blinn College and Frank Phillips College before being named the seventh head coach in A-State volleyball history.

The 2015 season was one for the record books as Rehr led the team to a 28-2 mark with a .933 winning percentage, which is the second best in school history. The team was a perfect 16-0 in Sun Belt Conference play for its first outright conference championship since 1998 and also won the SBC Tournament for the first time since 1999 to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since that season. It was the program's fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Rehr was named the 2015 SBC Coach the Year and also took home the American Volleyball Coaches Association Southwest Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, he helped A-State's Carlisa May to the AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Team, which is the team's second All-American in school history with Markie Schaedig last year meaning both have happened during his tenure at A-State.

Additionally, Rehr oversaw the selection of five All-SBC players (four first-team) with May earning Freshman of the Year honors, Schaedig picking up the Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year award, and Mallory Warrington taking home the Setter of the Year award. May, Schaedig, and Warrington were named to the AVCA All-Southwest Region Team, while Darby Graff was named to the AVCA All-Southwest Region Honorable Mention squad.

The 2014 season was a good one for the Red Wolves as the team won 21 games, the most since the 2011 season, when that squad also registered a 21-10 record.  A-State advanced to the SBC Touranment semifinals for the third straight season after not winning a game in the conference tournament since the 2000 season before he arrived. The Red Wolves finished tied for second in the conference with a 15-5 SBC record, their best finish since the 2011 squad won the West Division of the Sun Belt.

There were also several individual accolades for the Red Wolves as Markie Schaedig led the nation in digs per set (6.68) and total digs with 762, which is also the Arkansas State school record for digs in a season.  She won the 2014 SBC Defensive Player of the Year and became the first player in A-State history to receive an AVCA All-American honor by being named an Honorable Mention selection.  Additionally, Mallory Warrington was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team after an outstanding sophomore campaign.

During his second season as head coach of the Red Wolves, he led the 2013 squad to a 15-20 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament after defeating UALR 3-2 in the first round, marking the first time A-State won a match in back-to-back SBC Tournaments since 1999-2000.  Under his guidance, Megan Baska became the second player in school history to record 2,000 digs and finished her career with the second most digs at Arkansas State with 2,190.

In his first season as Arkansas State's head coach he led the Red Wolves to a 19-14 recored and 8-6 mark in conference play.  Coach Rehr led A-State to its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament win since 2000 with a 3-1 victory over UALR in the first round. Under his leadership, Allison Kearney earned a spot on the All-SBC First Team, while Baska was named to the All-SBC Second Team.

Prior to being named the head coach at Arkansas State, Rehr spent nine seasons at Blinn College in Texas. During his time at Blinn he led the Buccaneers to two NJCAA National Championships (2008 and 2011), was a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year, a three-time AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and a nine-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year.

While at Blinn, Rehr posted a 313-35 record and led the Buccaneers to eight regional championships including six straight from 2003-08. He helped Blinn win its first national championship in 2008, guiding the Buccaneers to a 33-2 mark. He again led Blinn to a national title in 2011 with a perfect 38-0 record that ended with a four-set victory over Western Wyoming in the NJCAA National Championship match.

When he arrived at Blinn in 2003 he won his first 41 matches as head coach and led the school to their first appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament that same year. He was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame on Nov. 16, 2011.

From 2007-11 Rehr served as Blinn’s Director of Athletics and helped guide to the school to success in other sports. In 2009 the Buccaneer football team won the NJCAA National Championship, the fourth in the program’s history. The squad was led by eventual 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

Prior to coaching at Blinn College, Rehr coached for three seasons at Frank Phillips College in Texas, where he amassed an 80-28 record. In 2002 he led the squad to the regional championship and an NJCAA tournament appearance. The Lady Plainsmen won the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title in 2001 and 2002, going undefeated in conference play both seasons. Rehr was named the WJCAC Volleyball Coach of the year both seasons, as well as winning the District C Volleyball Coach of the Year award in 2002.

During his career, Rehr has helped lead teams to 10 conference championships, 10 NJCAA regional championships and nine NJCAA tournament appearances. He has coached 14 NJCAA All-Americans, 12 AVCA All-Americans, 10 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 56 all-region players and 48 all-conference players.

A native of Tampa, Fla., Rehr attended Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla., where he was a student assistant with the volleyball program. He earned both his Bachelors of Science in Wellness and Masters of Arts in Physical Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

He and his wife, Felicia, were married in 2005.  They have a son named Noah (5) and an infant daughter named Rylee.