Amber Warners
Amber Warners
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (616) 526-6223
Email: awarners@calvin.edu
Previous College: Calvin College
Year Record MIAA Record (Place) Finish
1994 21-11 7-5 3rd (Hope) At Hope College
2002 26-7 12-2 (2nd)  --
2003 28-8 12-2 (2nd)  --
2004 28-9 14-2 (2nd) * NCAA Regional Semifinals
2005 30-9 13-3 (2nd) * NCAA Regional Finals
2006 34-2 16-0 (1st) * NCAA Regional Finals
2007 30-5 15-1 (1st) * NCAA Regional Semifinals
2008 26-5 14-2 (2nd) NCAA Tournament
2009 28-7 14-2 (2nd) NCAA Regional Semifinals
2010 32-4 15-1 (T-1st) National Champions
2011 33-1 16-0 (1st) * NCAA Regional Finals
2012 33-3 16-0 (1st) * NCAA Finals
2013 35-1 15-1 (T-1st) * National Champions
2014 31-4 15-1 (T-1st) * NCAA Semifinals
2015 30-4 16-0 (1st) * NCAA Regional Finals
2016 33-1 16-0 (1st) National Champions
2017 30-4 16-0 (1st) * NCAA Semifinals
2018 33-2 8-0 (1st) *  NCAA Finals
Total 541-87  243-17   * MIAA Tournament Title

Dr. Amber Warners recently completer her 17th year as head coach of the Calvin volleyball program. She also served as interim head volleyball coach at Hope College in 1994. Heading into the national quarterfinals, Warners has compiled an impressive overall record of 541-87 for a winning percentage of .862. In 17 years as Calvin’s head coach, she has compiled a record of 520-76 for a winning percentage of .874 that ranks as the leading win percentage amongst active NCAA Division III women's volleyball coaches. Under Warners the Knights have won three national championships, in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Warners is a four-time AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year (2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014). Warners is tied for second on the all-time NCAA Division III AVCA National Coach of the Year Award list. Former Juniata head coach Larry Bock leads the list with five National Coach of the Year awards while Warners and former UW-Whitewater coach Kris Russell has both received four National Coach of the Year awards. She is also a six-time AVCA Division III Great Lakes Coach of the Year, winning in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Warners has coached six AVCA Division III Player of the Year winners, Rebecca Kamp in 2011, Lizzie Kamp in 2012, Megan Rietema in 2013, Maggie Kamp in 2014, Anna Kamp in 2017 and Sarah DeVries in 2018.

Warners has led Calvin to 15 consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including appearances in the NCAA Division III regional finals in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. Under Warners, Calvin has claimed 11 MIAA Tournament titles - doing so in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018. She has led Calvin to 11 MIAA regular season titles, doing so in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Coach Warners has put together a record of 243-17 in MIAA matches, for a winning percentage of .934. She has helped coach six perfect 16-0 seasons and one 8-0 campaign. During her time at Calvin, she has had a player named MIAA MVP 12 times.

The 2017 season saw the Knights go 30-4 and advance to the NCAA Division III Semifinals. Calvin posted a perfect 16-0 record in MIAA play. Anna Kamp was named the AVCA NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. She posted her 500th career victory with a 3-0 victory over Hope, to clinch the MIAA regular season title.

In 2016, coach Warners won her third national title with Calvin. The Knights finished the year with a 33-1 record and a perfect 16-0 record in MIAA play. The Knights defeated Washington University in St. Louis in three sets to win the national title. Alyssa Scholten was named the NCAA Elite 90 Winner.

Warners helped lead the Knights to the NCAA Division III regional finals in 2015. For the second-straight year, she was named the AVCA Division III Great Lakes Coach of the Year. On September 12, 2015, she recorded her 400th victory here at Calvin College, defeating No. 9 Hope College, 3-0.

In 2014, she led Calvin to an MIAA regular season co-championship, an MIAA Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Division III semifinals. She was named the 2014 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year. She also was named the 2014 Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year. She claimed her 400th collegiate win in a victory at Albion College on October 3, 2014.

In 2013, she led Calvin to its second national title in four years as the Knights defeated Cal Lutheran University in five sets. She was subsequently named the AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. The Knights finished the year with a 35-1 record.

In 2012, she was once again named the AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year after leading her team to the national championship finals. Calvin captured the regional title with an upset win over second-ranked Wittenberg University.

She landed her third Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year honor in 2011 after leading Calvin to a 33-1 record which included a number-one national ranking throughout the regular season. She picked up her 300th collegiate victory in a win at Albion College on October 7, 2011.

In 2010, she led Calvin to its first-ever NCAA Division III title in women's volleyball as the Knights defeated top-ranked Emory University in four sets. She was later named the 2010 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.  The Knights finished the year with a 32-4 record.

The 2009 season saw Warners’ Knights advance to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. Calvin finished the year at 28-7 and won the MIAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory over host Hope in the finals, 3-1.

In 2008, she was once again named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year after leading a youthful Calvin team to a record of 26-5 including an NCAA III Tournament bid. Warners picked up her 200th collegiate victory in a five-set victory over Carnegie-Mellon University on August 30, 2008, at the Ohio Northern Invitational.

Warners helped lead the Knights to a second-straight MIAA regular season title at 15-1 in the MIAA in 2007. The Knights would go onto to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Hope in the MIAA Finals, 3-0.

In 2006, she was named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association after leading Calvin to a 34-2 record. Warners was named the MIAA Coach of the Year after recording a perfect 16-0 record in MIAA play.

In 2003 to 2005 the Knights would record three-straight second-place finishes in the MIAA. Calvin would go on to win the MIAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005.

In her first season as head coach in 2002, Calvin recorded a second-place finish in the MIAA, with an overall record of 26-7.

Warners has also served an eight-year tenure as Calvin’s softball coach where she led the Knights to pair of NCAA III Tournament berths. In 1997, she took Calvin all the way to the NCAA III Softball World Series where she was honored as Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Warners previously taught at Holland Christian High School where she coached softball and volleyball. In 1994, she guided the Maroons to the MHSAA Class B Volleyball State Championship game.

Warners also served as the interim head volleyball coach at Hope College in 1994, compiling a 21-11 record.

A 1990 Calvin graduate, Warners was a former two-sport standout for Calvin in volleyball and softball.  As a Calvin student-athlete, Warners was a member of six Calvin teams that captured MIAA Championships, three in softball and three in volleyball.  Calvin also earned six NCAA III Tournament bids, three each in softball and volleyball.  She was an outfielder on Calvin softball teams finished fifth in the nation in 1989 and fourth in 1990. She also was a member of the Calvin volleyball team that finished second nationally in 1986. She was twice named the league’s MVP as a setter and was named to the All-MIAA first team three times.

As a Calvin senior, Warners was honored with the Kay Tiemersma Award, an award presented annually to the varsity women's athlete who best exemplifies athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership.

Warners earned her master's degree from Michigan State University in sports psychology in 1996. She also received her Ph.D. from Michigan State.

She and her husband Mark have three sons: Emmett, Carson, and Tanner. Also a Calvin graduate, Mark is a teacher and coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School.