2011 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year

12/1/2011

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2011 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2011 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.


AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the Year

Flavia Siqueira, College of Central Florida
NJCAA Division I
It's never easy to start a new program at a school and enjoy immediate success, which is exactly what Flavia Siqueria did.  In their inaugural season, she led her team to a 43-9 overall record and a No.10 seeding in the NJCAA Division I Tournament where they went on to knock off No. 7 Northern Idaho in the first round and finished the tournament in seventh place.  She led the Patriots to a District H Championship defeating Hillsborough Community College in straight sets for the automatic berth.  Siqueira earns her first AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor.

 

Kim Whitney, Pasco-Hernando Community College
NJCAA Division II
In Kim Whitney's eighth season at the helm of PHCC volleyball, she has proven to be one of the top coaches in the country.  In 2011, Whitney led her team to a District P Championship and a No. 5 seed in the NJCAA Division II Tournament.  The Conquistadores finished the season with a No. 6 ranking in the final Top-10 National Poll.   This is her third AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year distinction, with the previous two coming in 2006 and 2010.


AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coaches of the Year

Jennifer Bahner, Cowley College
NJCAA Division II
After finishing a runner-up in 2005 and 2009, the Lady Tigers of Cowley College (Kan.) won the school's first national championship in volleyball in 2011. Jennifer Bahner's led program defeated Oakland Community College (Mich.) in the title match of the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship tournament.  Cowley was the top-ranked team nationally most of the year and finished the season on a 22-match win streak and with a record of 38-2.  For Bahner's efforts, she was named the Coach of the Tournament as she also coached Tournament MVP Molly Scanlon.  She can now add her first AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year award to her list of accolades.

 

Steve Bailey, Kishwaukee College
NJCAA Division II
After being the assistant club coach for the past two years, 2011 was Steve Bailey's first crack as a head coach.  After winning the Region IV Championship, the Kougars earned a No. 6 seed in the NJCAA Division II Tournament.  After advancing to the semifinals and falling to No. 2 Oakland, they bounced back to defeat Phoenix College to earn a third-place finish, and a final poll-ranking of seventh.  This is the first time Bailey has been named the AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year.


AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coaches of the Year

David Rehr, Blinn College
NJCAA Division I 
It's been a fun season for Blinn College Head Coach David Rehr.  First, he gets inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame, and then just a few days later won the program's second ever national championship to cap off a perfect 38-0 record.  After winning District K, they entered the National Tournament as the No. 1 seed and they didn't disappoint, defeating Gadsden State Community College, Eastern Arizona, San Jacinto and finally Western Wyoming.   Two Buccaneers won All-Tournament honors in Preslie Alexander and Jaclynn Gerig. This marks the third time Rehr has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Coach of the Year after taking home the honor in 2006 and 2008.

 

Jamie Ivers, Grossmont College
CCCAA
Jame Ivers had a spectacular season in 2011, leading the Griffins to a No. 3 seed in the CCCAA SoCal Regionals and a semifinals appearance. This also marked the second consecutive year they won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.  They finished the year with a 20-2 overall record and an 11-1 PCAC record.  This is the first time Ivers has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Coach of the Year.


AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coaches of the Year

Mary Young, Central Community College-Columbus
NJCAA Division II
In her 17th season as the head coach of Central Community College, Mary Young has consistently led her squad to one of the top teams in the nation.  Entering this season with a 468-265 record, in 2011 the Raiders won District G and earned a No. 8 seed in t he NJCAA Division II National Tournament.  They ended the season ranked ninth in the national poll after winning back-to-back Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference. This is the third time Young has been named AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year after taking home the honor in 2002 and 2008.

 

Giovana Melo, Western Nebraska Community College 
NJCAA Division I
Giovana Melo is no stranger to success after winning the national championship a year ago.  This year they were right back in the same position as the No. 2 Tournament seed (District J Champions with a 38-1 record), defeating Western Texas and Central Florida before dropping in four sets to Western Wyoming.  However, they were able to bounce back and notch a win over San Jacinto College to finish in third place.  For their efforts, they finished the season in second place in the final NJCAA Division I Poll.  This is her second consecutive season winning the West Region Coach of the Year award,

 

Other deserving candidates nominated for the 2011 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year award were:  Darrin McBroom (Iowa Western CC), Patrick Hill (Barton County CC), Scott Tschetter (Iowa Lakes), Bryan Crawford (Iowa Central CC), Cliff Hastings (Parkland College), Sue Sinclair (Illinois Central College), Jennifer Ei (Johnson County), Abigail Jenkins (Rock Valley College), Nephtai Delgado (Monroe College), Sheldon Carvalho (Western Texas College), Mary Malone (Temple College), Amanda Burbridge (Phoenix College), Shelby Forchtner (NM Military Institute), Nabi Mardini (Pierce), Heidi Cartisser (Southern Idaho), Rick Reynolds (Western Wyoming CC), Dave Baty (Blue Mountain CC), Jenni Roseelli (Spokane CC), Jessie Uribe (Clark), Kathie Woods (Clackamas), Jayme Frazier (Linn-Benton), Marcy Gilchrist (Lower Columbia), Raquel West (Shoreline), Angela Spoja (Tacoma), Tim Toon (Walla Walla), Alonzo Rogers (Yakima Valley)

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