Mike Lingefelter Named the 2017 AVCA 18's Coach of the Year

Published: July 26, 2017

Munciana is proud to honor Mike Lingenfelter for this Prestigious Award

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AVCA Official Press Release

The Mike Lingenfelter Bio

Mike is the head coach of the 18 Open Samuari team who won this year’s AAU 18 Open national championship. During the course of the season, the Samurai took 1st place in the Mideast Power League (4 dates), Rock ‘N Rumble in Cleveland, Triple Crown NIT in Salt Lake City, Bluegrass in Louisville, and JVA World Challenge in Louisville. Their final record was 65-7.

Mike took over the reins of the 181 team at Munciana in 2004. Since that time his teams have won four national championships (3 AAU and 1 JVA) and have medaled ten times. During this tremendous run of excellence 34 players have been named all-americans. It is well known that his players are prepared to take on the rigors of college volleyball. Including this year’s team, 82 players from the Samurai have gone on to play or are committed to play in college.

Mike has had many great teams, but he takes the most pride in training and developing players, regardless of whether they are on his Samurai team. He has developed a training program at Munciana that has taken us to new levels of performance. His drill progressions have permeated all of our club teams. The Munciana Physical Training (MPT) program he started allows any of our players to come in during the six month club season and he trains a different skill each day, five days a week for an hour prior to the start of practices.

Mike became a co-director of Munciana in 2008. He has been instrumental in getting our six court facility built, managing the day to day operations of the club, developing an extensive camp program, and initiating a state of the art recruiting service. He quit his job as a teacher in 2009 to take on the task of moving into our new facility. Mike’s role as a teacher was very important to him, but he saw an opportunity to advance the sport of volleyball. His high school volleyball teams won three state championships during his tenure.

His impact on our club and for volleyball across the country is immense. The culture of the Munciana club was already well-established before he arrived, but Mike has added a new layer to that culture that has allowed Munciana to continue its impact on the sport of volleyball for 43 years.

Mike coached at Ball State University, Memphis State University and the University of Cincinnati. While in the college ranks, he was 3 times named Conference USA/Metro Conference Coach of the Year and amassed over 200 victories. His impact has also been felt at the high school level as evidenced by his Wapahani High School squads claiming three Indiana state championships, 1A in 2002 and 2A titles in 2011 and 2012.

As a player, Mike played his high school volleyball at Tates Creek high School (Lexington, KY) where he led his squad to one State Runner-up and one State Championship. Individually he was a 3 time All-State selection and was named the Most Valuable Player in the state of Kentucky (1980). Mike played his collegiate ball at the University of Cincinnati and Ball State University. While at these two prestigious Universities he was named All-Conference twice (MIVA) and team MVP at the University of Cincinnati. The three time All-American was also selected to tryout for the World University Team and participated on the US Olympic Festival Team. Lastly, he competed on the East Coast and Midwest Professional Beach Volleyball Tours and still speaks/teaches the beach game.