Antonio Pavlov
Antonio  Pavlov

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
National Sports Academy, 1988

Antonio Pavlov was named an assistant volleyball coach at Coastal Carolina University on Jan. 16, 2014.

Pavlov brings seven years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level and four years from the international level.

Pavlov served for two years at Chicago State University as the program's associate head coach and at the same time he was the founder, owner and director of the Chicago Volleyball Academy Junior Volleyball Club. One of his recruits was named Great West Conference first team in 2012.

Before starting the Chicago Volleyball Academy, Pavlov spent the 2008-09 school year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University where he organized and supervised daily practices, scouted and recruited domestic and international players and helped the Rams advance from seventh to second place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 20-12 record in 2008. He cultivated two first team All-Conference players and one Player of the Year.

Pavlov also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock for five seasons (2003-2008) in which he was in charge of coaching the setters and was the recruiting coordinator. During his tenure at UALR, the Trojans improved their RPI ranking from 87th to 64th and finished third in the Sun Belt Conference four times. Over the years of Pavlov's employment five Trojans recruited by him were chosen for the Sun Belt Conference first team and one was chosen as a Sun Belt MVP (2007-2008 season).

On the international circuit, Pavlov was the head coach for the Malta men's volleyball national team from 2000-02 and guided the nation to reach the top four of the 2000 Small Nations Olympic Games in San Marino, Italy for its best finish in program history.

In 1998-1999, Pavlov was the CEO (Secretary General) of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation. During his employment the Bulgarian Men's National Volleyball Team and the Bulgarian Women's National Volleyball Team were ranked ninth and 12th in the World, respectively. In 1998, the Bulgarian Men's National Team finished sixth in the World Volleyball league.

From 1995-1997, Pavlov was in charge of the National Sports Academy's "Bulgarian Olympic Volleyball Talent" program. He recruited a number of high profile athletes. Most of them were a vital part of the Bulgarian Men's and Women's National Volleyball Teams.

From 1992-1994, Pavlov was the head coach of the professional women's Volleyball Club "Kydon" in Greece. Under his management the team advanced from the minor "A-2" to the highest "A-1" Professional Greek League.

Pavlov has a bachelor's degree in physical education from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and master's degree in health science and sports management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He speaks six languages (English, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Italian and Greek). He is married to Mariya Manova, who graduated from Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and they have 6-year old son Alexander.



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