This is the third AVCA Coach of the Year honor for a Big 12 head coach and first since 2005. Nebraska's John Cook earned the honor in ‘05 and ‘00.
In his twelfth season at the helm of the Longhorns volleyball program, Elliott has led his team to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Final Four. A strong regular season performance resulted in an outright Big 12 championship and an overall No. 3 National Seed in the tournament. After defeating Colgate in the opening round, Texas knocked off Texas A&M and Florida in consecutive matches to earn a quarterfinals slot against Southern Cal. They went on to sweep USC to advance to the Final Four. Texas, which claimed its sixth Big 12 Championship, posted a 15-1 Big 12 record and is 27-4 entering the national semifinals.
Elliott has been a head coach for 14 seasons, and has spent the last 12 at the University of Texas. His career is littered with All-America accolades for his players and his program has been ranked in the top 10 at points during each of the past seven years. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Regional finals seven straight times.
Elliott was named as the AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2004, ‘07, ‘10 and ‘11. He was also named as the AVCA Pacific Region Coach of the Year during a previous stop at the University of Southern California. This is his first AVCA National Coach of the Year award. He is a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year.
The AVCA presented both coaches their awards at the 2012 Coaches Honors Luncheon in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, December 13th. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention.