Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara, is pleased to announce UCLA's Al Scates has been selected the 1998 Tachikara/AVCA Men's National Coach of the Year.
Scates guided the Bruins to their 17th men's national championship in volleyball, surpassing Houston golf coach Dave Williams for the most individual championships by a coach. The Bruins posted the best record (24-4) of the season against opponents ranked in the USA Today/ AVCA Coaches Top 15 poll. On the year, the Bruins claimed victories over Pepperdine, BYU, Hawai'i, Lewis, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount. UCLA ended the season as the undisputed No. 1 team in the nation.
The winningest volleyball coach in NCAA history (946-147), Scates started just one senior this season as the Bruins claimed the MPSF-Mountain Division title for the sixth consecutive season. Scates has coached 10 different student-athletes to 20 AVCA All-America honors.
The formal presentation of Scates' award will be made Dec. 17 in Madison, Wis., at the 1998 AVCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship.