Tony Trifonov enters his first season as the head volleyball coach for the Lady Saints following an immaculate career at the NCAA Division I ranks.
Trifonov comes to Seward following a twenty-one-year stint with NCAA Division I Florida A&M University. Over his twenty-one-year career with the Rattlers, Trifonov accumulated a 378-218 overall record, while going a stunning 206-10 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, winning the MEAC nineteen times. From 2001-2008, the Rattlers won 112 consecutive conference matches, the third longest streak in NCAA history.
Trifonov has shown development of players on the court, producing 45 First-Team MEAC All-Conference selections, seven MEAC Players of the Year, four Rookies of the Year, two NCAA All-Americans and an Olympian. As a coach, he was awarded the MEAC Coach of the Year on six separate occasions.
Prior to Florida A&M, Trifonov founded the Florida West Coast Volleyball Academy where he helped over 30 athletics receive NCAA Division I volleyball scholarships while competing in the Junior Olympic National Championships.
Trifonov has been involved with volleyball for the greater part of his life. He honed his playing skills in his hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria. As early as 1979, Trifonov was playing on the national level participating on the CSKA-Sofia Junior Clubb tema that won three national championships and the Bulgarian Junior National team. He continued to develop as a player and moved onto the professional ranks playing with Minyor-Pernik and CSKA-Sofia professional teams.
He crossed over into the coaching ranks at age of 21 and led the Minyor -Pernik Junior team to a national title, and was also an assistant coach for the Academic-Sofia women's professional team that finished in third place at the Bulgarian pro league championship. Trifonov continued his playing career on the Bulgarian National team that finished sixth in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.