-- Temple volleyball assistant coach Ren Cefra
was recently announced as a recipient of the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Diversity Award. One of ten national winners selected, Cefra was awarded full registration to the AVCA Convention in mid-December.
"I am very honored to be named an AVCA Diversity Award recipient," noted Cefra. "I intend to learn from the other coaches through this program and bring those ideas back to our program here at Temple."
The recipients of the award will participate in coaching education programming, mentoring, and networking function specifically targeted to them. Temple head coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam
and assistant head coach Akiko Hatakeyama
are previous recepients of the AVCA Diversity Award.
Cefra came to Temple as an assistant coach for the Owls beginning with the 2015 season. He previously served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Minot State. Prior to his brief stint with the Beavers, he spent a year as the director of volleyball operations for the University of Nevada.
Cefra spent two years as a volunteer assistant for St. John's University, helping to guide the Red Storm to three All-Big East team selections in his time there. He was also a part of the team's 2012 Big East Tournament appearance.
Before coming east, Cefra was the assistant coach for Chaminade University in Honolulu from 2008 to 2010. He also served as an assistant coach for the Asics Rainbows, helping the U-14 club to a first-place finish at the 2012 Southern California Qualifier and a third-place finish at the 2012 Junior National Championships.
A native of Honolulu, Cefra holds a degree in justice administration from the University of Hawai'i-West Oahu.