Cecile Reynaud

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Cecile Reynaud
Personal information
Full name Cecile Reynaud, Ph.D.
Born August 7, 1953
Sioux City, Iowa
Hometown Tallahassee, Florida, United States
College(s) Southwest Missouri State University
Florida State University
Coaching information
Current team Retired from coaching, currently a clinician
Previous teams coached
Years Teams
Florida State University Head Coach
USAV Junior National Team
Best results
Years Location Result
Metro Conference Championships
Metro Conference Championships
Metro Conference Championships
Metro Conference Championships
Metro Conference Championships
Metro Conference Championships
ACC Championships
ACC Championships
ACC Championships
ACC Championships
Last updated: June 6, 2007

Dr. Cecile Reynaud is a well-known volleyball educator and a retired coach of the Florida State Lady Seminoles volleyball team. She is currently an associate professor with the sport management program at Florida State University. She also served as an interim assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator at Florida State University from 1994-95. She has served as a television color analyst for collegiate volleyball matches on Fox Sports Net South, Sunshine Network and ESPN.

Reynaud compiled an impressive 635-325-1 (.660) record at Florida State, which places her in an elite group of only eight active coaches with 600 wins. She was also a past elected president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Reynaud ranks 11th nationally in career victories among active Division I coaches.

A 1975 graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, Reynaud enjoyed an outstanding athletic career on the volleyball team and was twice named among the Outstanding College Athletes in America. In 1983, she was inducted into the school's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. Reynaud added "Dr." to her name in the spring of 1998 after completing her doctorate degree in athletic administration at Florida State.


Florida State University[edit]

As a coach, Reynaud has surpassed many milestones in her 26-year tenure at Florida State. Coach Reynaud notched her 500th career victory in the first match of the 1994 season against Southern Illinois University, placing her among an elite list of coaches in the 500 win club. She reached win number 550 in a three-set win at Florida Atlantic University in 1997 as she led the Lady Seminoles to the program's best ever start at 12-0.

Post season play has become familiar to the Lady Seminoles over 23 seasons of volleyball. Florida State(FSU) has made 10 NCAA post-season appearances, eight of which have been in the last 12 years. At the conference level, FSU has made three appearances in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game in eight years of ACC competition, earning FSU its first ACC crown in 1998. Prior to joining the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1992, Reynaud and the Lady Seminoles claimed six regular-season titles and five tournament titles in Metro Conference play from 1976 to 1991. Reynaud's teams have competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments, including eight post-season trips during her last 14 years in the position.

During her 26 years at Florida State, the volleyball program has also boasted one of the highest graduation rates within the athletic department. Among four-year letter winners, all but two student-athletes have earned their college degrees while playing for Reynaud. This accounts for nearly 98 percent of all volleyball student-athletes over the past 26 years. Reynaud’s Seminoles also earned the prestigious Director’s Cup for Service, given annually to the athletic team that performs the most community service hours. The Lady Seminoles donated 636 hours of service to the community in 2000-01.

USA Volleyball[edit]

In 1983, Reynaud went to the international level and served as the assistant coach at the World University Games in Canada and in 1985 was head coach for the USAV Junior National Team which toured Japan and China. In 2012 she served as the team leader for the USA Women's National Sitting Volleyball Team at the Paralympic Games. In 2013 she was the team leader/assistant coach for the USA Women's National Team for the FIVB World Grand Prix with competition in Brazil, Serbia, and Japan.

She served as a coordinator at the Olympic Festival for several years and participated in the Goodwill Games as the Technical Secretary. Highly respected among her peers, Reynaud’s involvement in international competition was taken to an even higher level when she was chosen to serve at the Deputy Competition Manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. As an expert of the game, Reynaud was co-editor of The Volleyball Coaching Bible, which has been heralded as one of the best volleyball coaching books to ever be written. She is the editor of The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Vol. 2 being published in June, 2015. She has produced numerous DVD's and other educational material pertaining to volleyball.

Reynaud is also a certified USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) instructor and conducts coaching clinics all over the United States. She also served as an FIVB Coach Clinician.

She is currently a member of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors.


She has been on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Committee and was the Zone Coordinator for 1986 and 1987 Olympic Festivals. She continued to serve as the commissioner for the Olympic Festival for several years. Reynaud is a current member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame selection committee and spent 12 years on the USVBA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Dr. Reynaud served as president of the AVCA in 1989 and 1990 after serving a two-year term as the awards chair in 1986 and 1987. She has again been appointed to the AVCA Board of Directors overseeing Education and Publications for the association. She has remained an active member of the AVCA, even after retirement from coaching. She presents annually at the convention as well as serving as emcee of the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club Award Banquet and AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. Dr. Reynaud also served as president of the Refuge House Board of Directors, a local domestic and sexual abuse shelter for 4 years. She is currently President of the Alliance of Women Coaches and a Commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Awards and Accolades[edit]

As a Player[edit]

  • Outstanding College Athletes in America - 1973, 1975
  • Southwest Missouri State University Women's Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee - 1983

As a Coach[edit]

  • Nominated as an Outstanding Woman in America - 1982
  • Volleyball Coach of the Year by the Florida Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women - 1981
  • Metro Conference Coach of the Year 1988, 1989
  • American Volleyball Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year - 1989
  • ACC Coach of the Year - 1992, 2000
  • George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball by USA Volleyball - 1996
  • St. Leo University Women in Sports Achievement Award - 2005
  • Webster Groves High School Athletic Hall of Fame - 2006
  • Florida State University Athletic Hall of Fame - 2009
  • USA Volleyball Florida Region Hall of Fame - 2011



  • Coaching Volleyball: Technical and Tactical Skills Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc. (2011) ISBN 0736053840
  • 101 Winning Volleyball Drills Publisher: Coaches Choice (2008) ISBN 9781585180837
  • She Can Coach! (Editor) Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc. (2005) ISBN 0736052321
  • The Volleyball Coaching Bible (Co-Editor) Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc. (2002) ISBN 0736039678
  • The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Vol. 2 (Editor) Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc. (2015) ISBN 9781450491983


  • Coaches Choice Volleyball DVD Series [1]
  • 101 Winning Volleyball Drills Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • 20 Keys to Great Defense Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Coaching Volleyball: Team Offense Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Coaching Volleyball: Team Defense Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Coaching Volleyball: Organizing and Conducting Practice Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Coaching Volleyball: Individual Defense Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Coaching Volleyball: Effective Practice Drills Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Coaching Individual Volleyball Skills and Techniques Publisher: Coaches Choice