Penn State’s Pavlik to receive All-Time Great Coach Award

All Penn State coach Mark Pavlik has done during his coaching career is win championship after championship and now he is receiving one of the top honors in the sport.

USA Volleyball recently announced Pavlik will be the 2016 recipient of the Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach Award.


Pavlik in his 21 years as Penn State’s head coach has led the Nittany Lions to 20 EIVA championships, including 17 consecutive conference titles and berths to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the coach has compiled a 503-152 career record and a .768 winning percentage — one of the highest winning percentage for a coach in NCAA men’s volleyball history.

Along with these achievements, Pavlik guided Penn State in 2008 to the program’s second NCAA championship.

Among other college men’s volleyball coaches to have previously earned the Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach Award includes former Ball State coach Don Shondell, former Ohio State coach Doug Beal and Pepperdine coach Marv Dunphy.

This is also the fourth time a coach with Penn State ties has received this USA Volleyball award. Penn State women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose, former Penn State coach Tom Tait and Penn State graduate Larry Bock each were selected for the award.

Pavlik will be formally presented with the award at the 71st Annual Boyce Banquet on May 25 in Orlando, Florida during the USA Volleyball Annual Meetings.

No. 10 Penn State and Pavlik will open its upcoming season at home with non-conference matches against No. 12 USC and No. 5 UCLA as part of the Big 10/Pac-12 Challenge.