1997 Men's National Coach of the Year
Stanford's Ruben Nieves Selected 1997 Tachikara/AVCA Men's National Coach of the Year
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara, is pleased to announce Stanford's Ruben Nieves has been selected the 1997 Tachikara/AVCA Men's National Coach of the Year.
Nieves guided the Cardinal to its first-ever men's national championship in volleyball, defeating two-time defending national champion UCLA in five games. The Cardinal posted the best record (19-3) of the season against opponents ranked in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll. On the year, the Cardinal claimed victories over UCLA, BYU, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Ball State. Stanford ended the season as the undisputed No. 1 in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll.
Stanford finished the season 27-3 despite the loss of starting middle blocker Brian Moore and nagging shoulder problems to its two AVCA All-Americans: Matt Fuerbringer and Mike Lambert. The Cardinal claimed their first-ever MPSF tournament crown and finished the regular season 16-3 in the conference.
In his seven years as head coach at Stanford, Nieves has posted a 130-50 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Championship on two occasions.
The formal presentation of the award will be made Dec. 18, 1997, in Spokane, Wash., at the AVCA national convention.