1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Regional Coaches of the YearThe following coaches have been voted by their region as Tachikara/AVCA Region Coach of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the national Coach of the Year ballot. The award will be officially presented at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year Banquet in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the AVCA National Convention.
Central Region Coach of the Year
Megan Clayberg, Central College
- Clayberg has led Central (33-3) to the NCAA quarterfinals after finishing first in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 9-0 record. Regular season highlights include wins over Nebraska Wesleyan, Simpson, St. Olaf, Southwestern and Wartburg. The Flying Dutch have been ranked in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top 15 all season.
- Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year
Kate Witte, Ohio Northern University
- Witte has led ONU (28-5) to its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals with victories over Bluffton, Hope and Calvin. The Lady Polar Bears defeated Washington (Mo.), Emory and Elmhurst in significant regular season wins and have been nationally ranked all season.
- Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Shelley Sorensen-Bauder, Moravian College
- Sorensen-Bauder led Moravian (24-6) to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance with a roster sporting just 11 players, including five freshmen. The Greyhounds avenged an early five-game loss to Franklin & Marshall with a three-game sweep later in the year. Moravian jumped into the regional rankings at No. 6 on Oct. 5.
- Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Lisa Herb, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Nationally ranked all season, UWEC (32-5) also held the No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Region for five consecutive weeks. Herb led the Blugolds to their seventh NCAA tournament in 11 years, defeating Illinois Wesleyan and UW-La Crosse before falling to UW-Whitewater in the regional final. UWEC notched victories over UW Whitewater, St. Benedict, St. Olaf and UW La Crosse during the regular season.
- New England Region Coach of the Year
Dorothy Webb, Wellesley College
- Wellesley (36-1) was nationally ranked in five out of 10 polls this season and regionally ranked throughout the year. The Blue defeated strong opponents MIT, the U.S. Coast Guard and Springfield, losing just one decision to Eastern Connecticut State (3-1) during the entire season. Webb's squad has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals this year, their second appearance in the postseason tournament in school history.
- New York Region Coach of the Year
Joan Sitterly, SUNY Cortland
- Sitterly led SUNY Cortland (41-5) to victories over UW Whitewater, Ithaca, RIT and Springfield during the regular season. The Red Dragons were nationally ranked in eight of 10 polls and regionally ranked all season, including three weeks at No. 1. Cortland is making its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, having advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over RIT and Ithaca.
- South Region Coach of the Year
Teri Clemens, Washington University (Mo.)
- Washington (34-5) is appearing in the NCAA tournament for the 11th consecutive year in Clemens' 13 years as head coach of the Bears. WU has won an amazing seven championships in eight seasons, including the last six consecutive years. This year, WU is in the quarterfinals after victories over Trinity and Emory. The Bears went 7-2 against nationally ranked opponents during the regular season.
- West Region Coach of the Year
Duncan McFarland, UC San Diego
- With McFarland at the helm, UC San Diego (21-3) was nationally ranked all year, as well as ranked No. 1 in the West region all season. All three of UCSD's losses were at the hands of Division II competitors. San Diego has appeared in all 17 NCAA tournaments, advancing to the championship match on 10 occasions, and has advanced to the quarterfinals so far this year. The Tritons were victorious over St. Benedict, UW Whitewater, La Verne, Chapman and Pomona-Pitzer in regular season play.