1998 Tachikara/AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year

11/29/1998

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE'S ZAUNDRA BINA NAMED 1998 TACHIKARA/AVCA DIVISION II NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association, in conjunction with Tachikara, is proud to announce that Zaundra Bina of North Dakota State University has been selected as the 1998 AVCA/Tachikara Division II National Coach of the Year.

Bina directed the Bison to their eighth North Central Conference title and a berth in the NCAA national championship match.  It was just the second time in school history a Bison team has advanced to the championship match, and the first time in her nine-year career that Bina has led a team to the Elite Eight.

"It is a neat thing to be honored by your coaching peers," Bina said.  "I feel fortunate to be at NDSU, where we have received so much support from the staff, administration and the community."

NDSU finished the season 33-4, marking the 12th time the program has earned 30 or more victories in a season.   On the season, the Bison posted a 16-4 record against nationally-ranked teams, including victories over Regis, Augustana, South Dakota State, North Alabama and Northern Michigan.

The 1998 North Central Conference Coach of the Year has a 113-24 overall record in four years at NDSU.   She is a two-time Tachikara/AVCA North Central Region Coach of the Year honoree and has coached four players to AVCA All-America status.

Tachikara will formally present the Coach of the Year awards on Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Madison, Wis.  The luncheon, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Madison West, is held in conjunction with the 1998 AVCA National Convention.

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