2008 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2008 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2008 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2008 jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the 2008 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the Year
Gary Larkin, Hillsborough Community College
NJCAA Division I
Gary Larkin led his Hillsborough Community College team to its first undefeated conference season in 2008, and held its highest ranking of 6th in the nation in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Poll. An eighth place finish in the NJCAA Division I national tournament concluded the season at 34-9, the Lady Hawks' third consecutive season with over 30 wins. In just six years at the helm of Hillsborough, Larkin's squad has averaged over 25 wins per season, and has now been to the NJCAA Division I Tournament three consecutive years. This is the first AVCA Two-Year College Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor for Larkin.
Gene Doorley, Alfred State College
NJCAA Division III
Gene Doorley has continued to lead his Alfred State College volleyball program to new heights. In 2008, the Pioneers set a new school record for wins in a season, as the team turned in a 38-4 overall mark. After capturing a conference championship and the Region III title for the second-straight year, Doorley's squad went on to earn a fourth place finish in the NJCAA Division III Tournament, its best postseason result in program history, sweeping Nassau Community College in the 4th/6th place match to close the tournament. In his six years as the Pioneers' mentor, Doorley has compiled a 144-59 record. This year's AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor marks the third consecutive season in which Doorley has earned the distinction.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Midwest Region Coaches of the Year
Ron Sweet, Kishwaukee College
NJCAA Division II
Ron Sweet has built a powerhouse in his six seasons as Kishwaukee College's task master, with the 2008 season bringing the program even more success. The Kougars, under Sweet's guidance, put together a 56-3 record on the year, capturing conference and region championships along the way. The pinnacle of the season, however, came when Kishwaukee knocked off Johnson County Community College, 3-1, to claim its third consecutive NJCAA Division II National Championship. During Sweet's tenure as the Kougars' mentor, Kishwaukee has compiled a dazzling 280-40 overall record. This marks the second time Sweet has earned AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors, as he also won the award in 2006.
Mike Trame, Parkland College
NJCAA Division II
In Mike Trame's fifth season at Parkland College, the Cobras have continued to rank as one of the most prominent programs in NJCAA Division II. In 2008, Parkland turned in a 36-13 mark on the season, earning a first-place conference finish, as well as the District J Championship. The Cobras advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, where they were seeded fifth, and earned a third-place finish after handing rival Illinois Central College a 3-1 defeat in the third-place match. During Trame's time at Parkland, the Cobras have compiled a 193-74 overall record. This is the first time Trame has earned AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coaches of the Year
Le Valley Pattison, El Camino College
California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)
In her 17th season at El Camino College, Le Valley Pattison led the Warriors to a 27-1 overall record and a perfect 14-0, first-place finish in the West Division of the CCCAA South Coast Conference. For her efforts in leading her team to the South Coast Conference Championship, Pattison earned the 2008 CCCAA Southern California Regional Coach of the Year award. El Camino is currently playing in the CCCAA State Championships and is looking to add even more hardware to its collection this season. This is the second time Pattison has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year. She previously earned the honor in 2006.
David Rehr, Blinn College
NJCAA Division I
For fourth-year Blinn College head coach David Rehr, 2008 was a dream season for his Buccaneers. Rehr, who is also in his second year as athletic director at Blinn, led his team to a 29-2 record, a No. 4- ranking in the NJCAA national poll and into its sixth consecutive appearance at the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament. Once there, Blinn went undefeated and captured its first NJCAA Division I National Title with an exciting come-from-behind victory over the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith in the championship match. This is Rehr's second nod as AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year. He also received the award in 2006.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coaches of the Year
Mary Young, Central Community College
NJCAA Division II
Mary Young led her Central Community College team to a 29-20 record, and the NJCAA Division II Region IX and District G Championship in 2008. The Raiders qualified for the NJCAA Division II national tournament; after falling in their first match of the event, they rebounded to win their next two, before falling in the ninth place match. In 14 years at Central, Young has compiled a 414-237 (.636) record, and has now won her second AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year honor, with the other coming in 2002.
Terry McLaughlin, Chemeketa Community College
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC)
Terry McLaughlin, who took a break from coaching Chemeketa Community College in 2001 after 14 years, returned to the bench this season and led the Storm to a perfect 50-0 record. He then guided Chemeketa to the NWAACC Championship with a win over Walla Walla. It was the first volleyball championship for the Storm since back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. The 2008 NWAACC South Region Coach of the Year and NWAACC All-Tournament Coach now holds a 541-173 career record. This is the first time McLaughlin has been named AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year.