Lewis’ Rudi Balich Earns AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award

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Lewis’ Rudi Balich Earns AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award

Published: April 10, 2018.

Rudi Balich, assistant women's volleyball coach at Lewis University, is the recipient of a Thirty Under 30 Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Created in 2009, the award honors up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees had to be younger than 30 years old in 2017.

"Myself and the Lewis Women's volleyball program have been very fortunate to have Rudi as a member of our coaching staff," Lewis women's volleyball head coach Lorelee Smith said. "She is 100% invested in the program, the players and Lewis University. Rudi works hard with her contribution to the success of our program. Her relationship with the players and ability to help each reach their potential is amazing."

Balich was one of three NCAA Division II women's coaches to earn the award and is set to embark on her eighth season at Lewis. She has been a head coach for Powerhouse Volleyball since November of 2009.

During her seven seasons on staff, Balich has helped the Flyers to a 190-52 record, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance in 2014 and two GLVC Tournament championships in 2015 and 2017. Lewis has earned 25 All-GLVC selections during her tenure.

Balich and the Flyers open the 2018 season in August.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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