When Dave Chen took over the boys volleyball program at Campolindo High in 2008, the team won five matches.

Fast forward to 2013, and the Cougars now have won three straight North Coast Section Division II titles and the first ever Division II Northern California title. They set a school record with 42 wins, and they might be even better next year.

For those reasons, Chen has been chosen as the Bay Area News Group's East Bay Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year.

The wins are great, but it's not just the victories that make him a great coach.

"He cares about the players and puts their interests first," Campolindo assistant coach John Vuong said. "He finds a way to make sure that everyone on the team contributes to the team's success."

He and Vuong haven't built a program by not getting a response from the players, as their coaching style seems to fit very well.

"Players listen when he talks," Vuong said. "Eyes and ears open and the players are hungry for the information. That's the type of attention he gets from his players."

And if you think the Cougars were good this year, watch out for 2014 when there is a state title game. They return 11 of 13 players on the roster.