2010 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2010 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2010 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2010 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.
AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the Year
Mary Andrew, Florida State College-Jacksonville
NJCAA Division I
In her 22nd season at Florida State-Jacksonville, Mary Andrews led her team to the Gulf District Championship and a No.7 seed in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. With her 32-9 record, it marks her second consecutive 30-win season, she captured Mid-Florida Conference Coach of the Year honors. She coached the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year in Milica Krstojevic, in addition to mentoring four players on the First-Team All-Conference team and four on Second-Team All-Conference squad. This is her fourth consecutive season finishing in the NJCAA Division I Top 20 National Poll. She earns her second AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor, taking home the award for the first time in 2002.
Kim Whitney, Pasco-Hernando Community College
NJCAA Division II
Pasco-Hernandez Community College's NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship was historic, not only because it was the first championship in the program's history at the Division II level, but it was the first school hailing from Florida to accomplish such a feat. Despite a No. 9 seed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the Conquistadors plowed through the bracket, winning all four of their matches to finish with a record of 39-7, while Whitney won Coach of the Tournament honors. PHCC ended the season on a 12-match winning streak, including the regional tournament, which they won without losing a single set. Whitney attended Kansas State University where she still holds the records for most sets played, double-doubles and the most digs. This is her second AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year distinction, the last coming in 2006.
AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coaches of the Year
Sonny Lewis, Owens Community College
NJCAA Division II
After sweeping through the Region XII District E tournament, Owens Community College advanced to the NJCAA Division II national volleyball tournament for the seventh time in school history and second time as a Division II school. An 11th place finish in the tournament capped a season which Lewis saw his team finish an astounding 42-9. In his 10 seasons as head coach, Lewis has won nine OCCAC championships, and after this season, has taken home five OCCAC Coach of the Year Awards. He can now add his first AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year award to his list of accolades.
Jennifer Ei, Johnson County Community College
NJCAA Division II
Jennifer Ei has guided Johnson County Community College to one of the great runs in recent memory, as the team made an appearance in the NJCAA Division II tournament final in three out-of-the last four years, placing second each time. Since taking over as head coach three seasons ago, Ei has recorded an 87-19 record after going 30-6 in 2010. After leading the Cavaliers to a conference and district title, Ei was selected the East Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year while six of her players were honored on the All-Conference team. This is the first time Hopkins has been named the AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coaches of the Year
Sharon Nelson, San Jacinto College
NJCAA Division I
As the head coach of the San Jacinto volleyball program for nine seasons, Sharon Nelson has seen a great amount of success through her athletes. In a beyond impressive 2010 season, the team finished with an overall record of 29-10 with a perfect 10-0 mark in conference play in Region XIV, earning their sixth consecutive trip to the NJCAA Division I volleyball tournament where they finished as the national runners-up. Since arriving at the SJC volleyball program in 2002, Nelson has guided her team to a 73 percent winning average of all matches and has finished in a top-11 spot at the national tournament in the past six seasons. This marks the first time Nelson has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Coach of the Year.
Nabil Mardini, Los Angeles Pierce College
In his 10th season at the helm of Los Angeles Pierce College women's volleyball program, Nabil Mardini has continued to lead the Brahmas to new heights. Entering his first season 10 years ago Mardini turned the program around by taking the Brahmas from last place in the Western State Conference it its first title since 1980 during the 2001 season. Guiding his team to nine out of the past 10 WSC titles, the Brahmas have strived to keep improving their dynasty and have kept an impressive record for the season with a 24-2 overall mark and 11-0 record in WSC play. Under the wing of Mardini, the Brahmas have athletes leading the WSC in kills, aces and assists and were at one point in the 2010 season ranked as the No. 1 team in the state of California, according to the 2010 Women's Volleyball Coaches Association. This is the first time Mardini has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Coach of the Year.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coaches of the Year
Giovana Melo, Western Nebraska Community College
NJCAA Division I
As the head coach of the 2010 NJCAA Division I national champions, Giovana Melo has proved her success in her third season at the helm of the Western Nebraska Community College Volleyball Program. Guiding the Cougars to an outstanding record of 43-4 and 10-0 in the Region IX play, Western Nebraska clinched the Region IX title for their twelfth consecutive season. Winning their second national title in four years, Melo helped produce the national tournament's Most Valuable Player, freshman setter Fernanda Goncalves. This is the first time Melo has been named AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year.
Dave Baty, Blue Mountain Community College
As the head coach of the Timberwolves, Dave Baty has set new records at Blue Mountain Community College. Named the NWAACC Coach of the Year and producing the NWAACC Most Valuable Player, along with three athletes on the All-Tournament First-Team, Baty clinched the program's first-ever NWAACC Volleyball Championship while only making four tournament appearances in the program's history. Baty lead the Timberwolves to an unforgettable season with an overall record of 37-5, putting Blue Mountain at the top of their conference. This is the first time Baty has been named the AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year.
Other deserving candidates nominated for the 2010 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year award were: Aida Antanaviciute (Jefferson College), Jenifer Bahner (Cowley County Community College), Steve Bailey (Kishwaukee College), Origenes Benoit (Miami Dade College), Kimberley Boone (Midland College), Bradley Bruns (East Central College), Gloria Coughlin (Moraine Valley Community College), Susan Dulaney (Salt Lake Community College), Jayme Frazier (Linn-Benton Community College), Chelsie Freeman (Mt. Hood Community College), Marcy Gilchrist (Lower Columbia College), Cliff Hastings (Parkland College), Jason Hopkins (Brookhaven College), Shari Kay (Eastern Arizona College), Kelly Ketcham (Wenatchee Valley College), Darrin McBroom (Iowa Western Community College), Peter Piexoto (Chemeketa Community College), Leslie Reed (Itasca Community College), David Rehr (Blinn College), Rick Reynolds (Western Wyoming Community College), Alonzo Rogers (Yakima Valley Community College), Jenni Rosselli (Spokane Community College), Sue Sinclair (Illinois Central College), Angela Spoja (Tacoma Community College), Lisa Stuck (Glendale Community College), Joe Sussenguth (Ridgewater Community College), Sally Thalken (North Platte Community College), Scott Tschetter (Iowa Lakes Community College), Jessie Uribe (Clark College), Raquel West (Shoreline Community College), Jill Williams (Kirkwood Community College) and Kathie Woods (Clackamas Community College)