2012 AVCA Men's NAIA National Coach of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Park University men's volleyball coach Mike Talamantes has been selected as the AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year.
Park is coming off a great run that saw them land their third Tachikara-NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament Championship in school history with a four set win over No. 1 ranked St. Ambrose. The Pirates now have the second most NAIA Men's Volleyball national championships in NAIA history with three after winning in 2003 and 2008. In just his first year at the helm of both the men's and women's programs, Talamantes coached senior Fray Arteaga to his second AVCA All-American appearance.
With a 21-7 record this season, Park clearly had a season to remember. The Pirates saved their best volleyball until the end of the season winning eight of their final nine matches.
Before joining Park as head coach, Talamantes was the head women's volleyball coach at Occidental College where spent three seasons. In 2010, Talamantes put his finishing stamp on the Occidental women's volleyball program, leading the Tigers to a 25-8 record, one of the most successful seasons in school history.
The AVCA will formally present Talamantes his award at the 2012 jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, December 12. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention.