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Monica Trainer Among Nation's Best

Assistant Volleyball Coach Selected Among Nation’s Best

Monica Trainer Selected one of 500 National Assistant Coaches of the Year by Insurance Carrier

(May 29, 2003)

Monica Trainer

Monica Trainer

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Monica Trainer, assistant women’s volleyball coach at the University of California, Riverside, has been named one of the nation’s 500 best assistant coaches by the insurance carrier AFLAC.

The insurance company commissioned a panel of judges from “Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director” magazine who chose from a pool of 350,000 nominees nationwide. The award criteria include longevity, expertise, contributions to the school and community and special achievements throughout their careers.

“This is a great honor for Monica, because it recognizes her efforts in a position that is all to often overlooked by the general public,” said women’s volleyball Head Coach Sue Gozansky. “We have had a lot of success with this program over the years, but we wouldn’t have gotten as far as we have without Monica.”

Trainer has been an assistant volleyball coach under Gozansky for the past 17 years. She assists in all phases of coaching. During her tenure, UC Riverside has won a Division II national title and made three trips to the Elite Eight.
Trainer has played semi-pro volleyball in Switzerland and Italy and continues to participate in USAV Club tournaments. In 2003 she was a player-coach for her team that won the Seniors Division of the USAV National Championships. She is away this week competing in this year’s championships in Minnesota, Gozansky said.

Trainer graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in human performance and a minor in psychology. She went on to receive a teaching credential and master’s degree in guidance counseling from Cal State University, San Bernardino. She is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer for various health, safety and aquatics programs for future teachers.

Trainer graduated from Rim of The World High School in 1976, where she played softball, tennis and basketball, but did not play volleyball until her senior year.


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