1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year


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Duncan McFarland Honored as 1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Tachikara and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) are pleased to announce that the University of California-San Diego's Duncan McFarland has been selected as the 1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Coach of the Year.

With McFarland at the helm, San Diego notched victories over two nationally-ranked opponents, then battled back from a two-game deficit to edge top-ranked Juniata College and reclaim the Division III title after a six-year drought.  The victory marked UCSD's seventh women's volleyball championship title and the first for the second-year head coach.

McFarland's Tritons finished the season with a 27-5 record and a perfect 20-0 mark in Division III play.  The squad was nationally ranked in the top ten of the AVCA Coaches Division III Top 15 Poll all year, as well as ranked No. 1 in the West Region all season.  McFarland owns a 51-12 overall record at San Diego.

In the West Region Tournament, McFarland's team emerged as champions for the second consecutive season after receiving a first round bye and then sweeping two regionally-ranked competitors.  Three Tritons were named to the 12-member AVCA All-West Region Team, while senior setter Sherine Ebadi also earned AVCA All-America honors.

San Diego and Washington University (Mo.) are now tied for the most Division III volleyball championship titles with seven apiece.  Juniata and San Diego are the only teams to have competed in all 17 Division III tournaments, with San Diego advancing to the championship match on 11 occasions.

The formal presentation of awards to the 1997 Tachikara/AVCA National Coaches of the Year will be made Thursday, Dec. 18, in Spokane, Wash., at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet beginning at noon.  The lunch, which will take place at the Spokane Doubletree City Center, is held in conjunction with the 1997 AVCA National Convention.

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