Cecile Reynaud Wins USAV's 2016 Frier Award

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | May 25, 2016, 10:33 p.m. (ET)
Cecile Reynaud (center) receives the Harold T. Friermood "Frier" Award, accompanied by USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal and AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer

ORLANDO, Florida (May 25, 2016) – USA Volleyball honored Cecile Reynaud with its Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, the highest honor bestowed by the national governing body, during the Dorothy C. Boyce Awards Recognition Banquet Wednesday evening in Orlando, Florida.

Reynaud, who posted a 635-326 record in 26 seasons leading the Florida State University women’s volleyball program, has an extensive USA Volleyball history in developing coaches and broadening programming. She has been a member of the USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) teaching cadre since 1988. Reynaud has served on USA Volleyball’s Board of Directors in two different segments, the first being from 1985 to 1997. During that time, she was on the USAV executive committee from 1992 to 1996.

“Well obviously I have loved everything I have done for USA Volleyball and with the people in USA Volleyball,” Reynaud said. “This was quite shocking as you could tell by my expression. It is the highest honor you can receive by USA Volleyball. I am just so humble and grateful, and appreciate my opportunity to be involved in this sport. I have been fortunate to be asked to be involved in lot of roles in volleyball, and I have enjoyed all of them.”

Reynaud returned to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors in 2013 and is entering her 15th overall year on the board. She is currently chair of the USA Volleyball Personnel Committee. She has been chair of the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award committee since 2001. Reynaud was team leader for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Team, followed by serving in the same role and as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women’s National Team World Grand Prix trip.

Awards Presented at Boyce Banquet
Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award: Cecile Reynaud
Tom Haine All-Time Great Player Award (Indoor): Lloy Ball
Tom Haine All-Time Great Player Award (Indoor): Eric Sato
All-Time Great Female Sitting Volleyball Player Award: Allison Aldrich
All-Time Great Male Sitting Volleyball Player Award: Eric Duda
All-Time Great Female Beach Volleyball Player Award: Nina Matthies
Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach (Contemporary Division): Mark Pavlik
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball: Bill Hamiter
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball: Patricia Salvatore
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball: Glenn Sapp
Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus Award: Mike Carter
James E. Coleman USA National Team Award: Carla Hall
Harry E. Wilson Distinguished Service Award: Peter Diamond

Cecile Reynaud

Reynaud retired as head coach at Florida State University following the 2001 NCAA season, but she did not retire from the sport of volleyball after a career that was already full of memories.

Reynaud, who accepted the head coach position at Florida State at age 22, posted a 635-326 record in 26 seasons with the Seminoles, which ranked ninth all-time in NCAA Division I victories at the time of her retirement. Her teams claimed six Metro Conference Championships, one ACC title and competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments. In her final season, the Seminoles reached the ACC Championship match. Reynaud earned conference Coach of the Year honors four times during her career.

Reynaud was elected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association to serve as its president from 1989-1990. She has been part of the AVCA board in two different stints, the first being from 1986 to 1991 and her second tenure starting in 2006 where she remains as its education and publications representative.

Reynaud’s involvement with USA Volleyball has been extensive, both in coaching and leadership roles. She has been a member of the USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program teaching cadre since 1988 and is a highly sought after clinician and speaker. Reynaud has served on USA Volleyball’s Board of Directors in two different segments, the first being from 1985 to 1997. During that time, she was on the USAV executive committee from 1992 to 1996. Reynaud returned to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors in 2013 and is entering her 15th overall year on the board. She is currently chair of the USA Volleyball Personnel Committee.

Reynaud, who was honored with USA Volleyball’s George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award in 1996, has served on various USAV Committees including chair of the All-Time Great Coaches Selection Committee (2001-present), Foundation’s Education Grant Review Committee (2006-present), Special Commission on the Participant Safety (2010-present) and Paralympic High Performance Commission (2013-present). She has also been a leader in USA Volleyball’s SafeSport program since its creation.

Although retired from collegiate coaching, Reynaud never put down her whistle. She served as coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth Continental Team that competed in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in 2009 and 2010. It was not her first involvement with the HP pipeline as one of her first groups she coached was the 1983 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. That same year Reynaud was an assistant coach for the U.S. World University Games Team that completed in Canada. She also served as a coordinator at the U.S. Olympic Festival for several years and participated in the Goodwill Games.

Reynaud served as the team leader for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Volleyball Team as the squad won the silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London. She was both an assistant coach and team leader for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.

Reynaud’s coaching expertise has not been limited to working in the United States. She was an FIVB instructor from 1999 to 2006 after serving as the deputy competition manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Along with being a highly regarded speaker, Reynaud has written numerous publications. She is co-editor of “The Volleyball Coaching Bible” that came out in 2002. She has been a technical consultant for two Power Volleyball films and has co-authored numerous articles pertaining to women's athletics.

Since finishing her collegiate coaching career, Cecile has brought her volleyball knowledge to the small screen in the form of television color analyst for several conference broadcasts over the last decade. Reynaud’s knowledge of the game, personality, wit and charm helped put the sport of volleyball in a new light for the digital audiences. And USA Volleyball is honored to have Reynaud bring that same personality combination to our Boyce Banquets as a long-time emcee for the event.

Reynaud, who earned her Ph.D. in athletic administration from Florida State, served as a faculty member in Florida State’s sport management department from 2002-2015, helping to teach the next generation of sports executives.

2016 Awards Presented Earlier this Week
Karen M. Johnson Human Resources Award: Steve Bishop
Glen G. Davies Referee Service Award: Steve Owen
Dr. Neville A “Doc” Booth Commissioner’s Award: Judy Praska, North Country
Best Regional Web Site: Columbia Empire Volleyball Association
Joe Sharpless Arbitrator Award: Julie A. Voeck
E. Douglas Boyden Media Recognition Award: Brent Wagner, Lincoln Journal Star
Rebecca Howard Star Award: Daniel Leake
Outstanding Junior Program Director: Meredith Grady
Outstanding Junior Male Coach: Joel J. Kent
Outstanding Junior Female Coach: Michelle Malis
Outstanding Junior Clinician: Don Burroughs
Outstanding Junior Parent Service Award: Tina Davis
Outstanding Junior Service Award: Barbara Twohig