1991 Men's National Coach of the Year


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Long Beach State's Ray Ratelle Named 1991 Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year

San Mateo, Calif. - Tachikara and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) are pleased to announce that Long Beach State men's volleyball coach Ray Ratelle has been named the first ever Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year for NCAA Men's Volleyball.

Now in his 10th year at Long Beach State, Ratelle has brought the 49er program back into national prominence.  This season, Ratelle has guided his second-ranked 49ers to a 29-4 record and their second consecutive NCAA final four appearance to be held, May 3-4, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Last season, Ratelle took the 49ers to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1973, finishing second and concluding the year with a 28-7 overall mark.  He was named the 1990 WIVA Coach of the Year and the Asics/Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year.

"I am extremely honored to be selected by my peers for this award," said Ratelle, who has compiled a career coaching mark of 199-116, including a sparkling 79-20 ledger over the past three years.  "In reality, the people who win this award for you are the players on the team.  Also, my assistant coach Mike D'Alessandro has done a great job."

Prior to his coaching duties at Long Beach State, Ratelle served as the head men's volleyball coach at United States International University for three years.  He has also coached the USA Men's National Development Team (1974) and will serve as an assistant coach this summer for the USA's entry into the World University Games, a similar position he held in 1983.

A native of San Diego, Calif., and a graduate of San Diego State University in 1964, Ratelle serves as an instructor in the physical education department at Long Beach State.

Ratelle will be officially honored at the Tachikara National Coach of the Year Banquet this December as part of the AVCA national convention in Los Angeles.  This is the first year that Tachikara and the AVCA have incorporated men's volleyball into the national coaches awards program.

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