2000 Tachikara/AVCA Division II Regional Coaches of the Year
2000 AVCA Division II Tachikara/AVCA Region Coach of the YearColorado Springs, Colo. - The following coaches have been selected 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 awards will be officially presented at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000 at the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Convention.
Limin Jin, California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania (26-10) has advanced to the Elite Eight Tournament for the first time in school history following a victory over Lock Haven University in the regional finals. The 2000 Lady Vulcans improved upon their 23-12 record from 1999. California twice produced six-match winning streaks during the season. Jin carries a 71-30 overall head coaching record into the Elite Eight. He has been instrumental in getting the most out of his players on and off the court as the Lady Vulcans posted a 3.70 team GPA last year for the second year in a row.
Great Lakes Region
Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State University
Scanlon has led GVSU to a school-best 31-3 record this season, based on winning percentage. The Lakers, who made their first regional appearance since 1987, won the Great Lakes Regional Tournament to advance to the Elite Eight Tournament. The Lakers are ranked No. 11 in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll and have wins over Top 25 teams Northwood, Armstrong Atlantic State and Northern Kentucky. GVSU has also beaten regional opponents Northern Michigan and Findlay. Scanlon has guided GVSU to a 58-10 record during the past two seasons, and the Lakers went 13-0 at home this season. The Lakers have won 10 straight matches heading into the Elite Eight Tournament
North Central Region
Kim Sudbeck Marcil, Augustana College
Sudbeck Marcil has led the Vikings (28-3) to their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in her sixth year at Augustana College. The Vikings, making their first Elite Eight appearance, also captured their third title as Co-North Central Conference Champions and won the North Central Region Tournament it hosted. Currently, Augustana College is ranked No. 6 in the AVCA poll and held the No. 2 position for nine weeks. Augustana has wins over Top 25 teams: West Texas A&M, Regis, Cameron, Minnesota-Duluth, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Barry and North Dakota State. The Vikings tallied a 15-match win streak this season, with nine of those matches against Top 25 teams. Augustana holds a 12-3 record against teams ranked in the top 25 during the season. Over the last three years, the Vikings have not dropped out of the top 10 in the AVCA poll. Sudbeck Marcil holds an overall record of 157-43.
Dinu Dan, Pace University
Pace University (35-4) upset Northeast Region Tournament No. 1 seed Mercy University in the regional final to advance to its second Elite Eight Tournament. Coach Dan has guided the Setters to a six-match win improvement over last year with eight fewer losses. Pace captured the Northeast-10 Conference title with a 14-0 record and enters the Elite Eight Tournament with a 23-match winning streak on the line. Dan has led the Setters to their success this season despite having just an eight-person roster.
Reydan 'Tita' Ahuna, Hawai'i Pacific University
Ahuna has led Hawai'i Pacific (25-0) to its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and second Elite Eight appearance in three years. The Lady Sea Warriors have been ranked No. 1 in the nation in every regular season poll this year and were a unanimous No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks. Ahuna picked up her 100th collegiate coaching victory this season and is now 108-29 (79%) in her fifth year. She was named the Honolulu Quarterback Club Sportsperson for the month of October and PacWest Coach of the Year. HPU is on a school-record 25-match winning streak and have won 39 of their last 40 matches. Moreover, the Lady Sea Warriors are 55-3 since the start of the 1998 NCAA II tournament. HPU finished the season with 134 consecutive three-game sweeps before a five-game win over Cal State-San Bernardino in the Pacific Region finals. HPU lost two of the best middle blockers in school history last year. Ahuna is a part-time coach, while working full-time as a special education instructor.
Chris Catanach, University of Tampa
Coach Catanach has led the Spartans (29-3) to their third straight Elite Eight appearance after defeating North Florida in the South Regional Tournament final. Tampa recorded Top 25 wins over North Alabama, North Florida (twice), Barry (three times) and Armstrong Atlantic State. Catanach, 547-116 as the head coach at Tampa, has guided the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament in 15 of his 17 seasons as head coach, including six Elite Eight appearances and last year's national runnerup performance. Tampa is riding a 15-match winning streak heading into this year's Elite Eight. Catanach serves as the chairperson for the AVCA Division II Post-Season Awards committee.
South Central Region
Matt Peck, University of North Alabama
University of North Alabama (37-2) has won 35 matches in a row since losing to Barry on August 27, including wins over AVCA Top 25 teams Armstrong Atlantic State, Truman (three times) and Central Missouri State. Peck has coached North Alabama to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, with three consecutive appearances at the Elite Eight counting this year's participation. Peck, who earned his fourth Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in five seasons earlier this month, has led the North Alabama to a current record of 29-0 in the South Central Region. He has led the Lions to wins over regionally-ranked Arkansas Tech, Montevallo (twice), Missouri Western, Alabama-Huntsville (twice), Henderson State (twice) and Valdosta State (twice). UNA lost all six starters from its 1999 Elite Eight team, including two AVCA All-Americans, and currently starts three freshmen. UNA has been ranked No. 1 all season in the South Central Region, and are currently ranked No. 9 nationally. UNA is 97-1 against Gulf South Conference opponents. UNA has been ranked in the Top 25 for 52 consecutive polls since October 15, 1996.
Tony Graystone, West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University (35-1) second-year head coach Tony Graystone leads his team into the Elite Eight Tournament for the second straight season. The Lady Buffs hold a 35-1 mark after concluding last season with a record of 36-2 and a spot in the Elite Eight semifinals. The Lady Buffs are in the midst of a school-record 28-match winning streak. Graystone, who has a 71-3 overall record as head coach, has developed young players into the backbone of his system. A sophomore was recently named the Lone Star Conference Player-of-the-Year and AVCA All-Region, and a freshman setter earned AVCA All-Region, AVCA Region Freshman-of-the-Year and Lone Star Conference Freshman-of-the-Year honors. Graystone had begun the season having graduated the NCAA Division II Player-of-the-Year, and had also lost his setter from the 1999 season due to an injury. West Texas A&M has won six of seven matches against nationally ranked teams. The team has also won 17 of 18 matches against squads on the NCAA's regionally ranked list. Graystone was named the Lone Star Conference South Division Coach of the Year.