1996 Tachikara/AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year

12/1/1996

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1996 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 Rose Shires of University of Nebraska-Omaha has been selected as the 1996 Tachikara/AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year.

Shires led the Lady Mavs to their first-ever national championship and their first North Central Conference (NCC) title since 1987, as well as becoming the first NCC school to claim the national prize. This was the squad's first appearance in the Elite Eight since 1987. UNO's 35-2 season record in the school's best-ever in terms of winning percentage. UNO also held down the top spot in the final AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, the first time the Lady Mavs attained the top spot. On the year, the squad earned wins over Augustana, Barry, Northern Michigan, Tampa (twice), North Dakota State and Minnesota-Duluth.

Shires has compiled a 162-79 record at Nebraska-Omaha, including a current 15-match winning streak at home. The 1996 NCC Co-Coach of the Year led the Lady Mavs to the national championship with just one senior on the roster.

In addition to her coaching duties, Shires is also an instructor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Nebraska-Omaha.

Tachikara will formally present the Coach of the Year awards on Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, in Cleveland, Ohio. The luncheon, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, is held in conjunction with the 1996 AVCA National Convention.

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