1999 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year


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University of Northern Iowa's Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, PH.D Named 1999 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year


HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Iradge Ahrabi-Fard, Ph.D., the head women's volleyball coach at the University of Northern Iowa, has been selected as the 1999 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.

 During the 1999 campaign, Ahrabi-Fard experienced an outstanding season, suffering only one loss in 31 outings -- which came during the team's sixth trip to the NCAA national championship tournament.  The 30-1 record led the team to the NCAA Regionals.

 Ahrabi-Fard, who just finished his 18th season at the helm of the Northern Iowa Panthers, became the first coach in league history to achieve back-to-back perfect conference seasons (Missouri Valley Conference).  For nearly two decades, he has guided his teams to victory, garnering an overall career mark of 474-136 (.777).

 He is ranked No. 12 among active coaches in terms of winning percentage and is 20th in total victories.  During his tenure, Ahrabi-Fard has guided the Panthers to six NCAA tournaments, nine conference championships and national rankings in four separate seasons.  He has been voted the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year six times by his peers, including during the 1999 season.

 Ahrabi-Fard graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.  He received his master's in physical education from the institution in 1966 and his doctorate in physical education and educational administration from the University of Minnesota in 1975.

 The 1999 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year awards were presented Dec. 16, 1999, at the Tachikara Coach of the Year Banquet, held in Honolulu, Hawai'i, in conjunction with the AVCA National Convention.

Roger Revelle, Senior Vice President of Tachikara USA presenting Ahrabi-Fard with the National Coach of the Year plaque.

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