2003 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year


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University of Southern California's Mick Haley Named 2003 AVCA/Tachikara Division I National Coach of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO - Mick Haley, the head women's volleyball coach at the University of Southern California, has been selected the 2003 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.

Haley has led the Trojans to the NCAA Tournament semifinal round with an undefeated 33-0 record. USC set an NCAA Division I record by winning its 45th consecutive match dating back to last year. The Trojans have posted a 15-0 record against current national-ranked teams, including the only losses on the season for second-ranked Hawai'i and third-ranked Florida.

USC has won 99 of 106 games played this season and posted sweeps in 26 of 33 matches. The Trojans have been extended to five games just once (versus California on Oct. 18) this season. USC has lost only one game during the NCAA Tournament in 2003.

Haley, 60, is in his third season as head coach of the Women of Troy. In 2002, he collected his fifth career national title (two NCAA Division I titles, one AIAW title, two two-year titles) just two years after arriving at Troy. He guided USC to the program's first NCAA championship in more than 20 years and became just the second coach in NCAA history to win a national title at two universities (1988 at Texas, Stanford's John Dunning is the other). Haley boasts an 862-193-1 (.817) overall record, 612-142 (.811) NCAA Division I record and a 203-13 (.939) career conference mark.

Though hired in 1999 to replace former head coach Lisa Love, Haley completed his term as head coach of the U.S.A. Women's National Team before joining the Trojans in 2001. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he led the U.S. to an unexpected fourth-place finish. Haley coached Texas for 17 seasons (1980-1996) and led the Longhorns to two national championships (1981 AIAW, 1988 NCAA) and a 522-137-1 record. He served seven years as head coach at Kellogg Community College, where he posted a 251-51 record.

Haley received a master's degree in education in 1966 from Southern Illinois, a year after earning a bachelor's degree in education from Ball State in 1965. He was the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association most valuable player in 1965 as a setter for the Cardinals.

Haley's award was presented to him on Dec. 18 at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year Banquet, held in Dallas in conjunction with the AVCA Annual Convention.

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