Jenifer Bahner - Cowley College
Scott Keister - Salt Lake Community College
SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Cowley College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Jenifer Bahner has been selected as the 2013 Two Year College National Coach of the Year, while Salt Lake Community College Assistant Coach Scott Keister has been named the AVCA Two Year College National Assistant Coach of the Year.
At any level for a team that starts as the No. 1 squad in the nation, they never seem able to keep that top spot from beginning to end. However, Bahner’s Tigers did just that, beginning and ending the season as No. 1 never giving up the title as the best in the country in NJCAA’s Division II. They ended the season a perfect 10-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and winners of their final 14 matches to win the NJCAA Division II National Championship, Bahner’s second in her five years at the helm.
Despite their incredible 35-4 record, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Cowley College. In the championship match against Parkland (IL), they trailed 9-3 in the deciding fifth set, but the two-time NJCAA DII Coach of the Year kept her team calm and composed and they came back to win 16-14. Cowley’s BJ Specht was named Tournament MVP and AVCA Two Year College First-Team All-American averaging 3.88 kills and 3.84 digs per set in the 2013 campaign. Additionally, four of her players earned NJCAA Division II All-American honors.
Graduating five sophomores that saw them win two consecutive conference titles with a 20-0 record, Bahner will re-tool and gear up for the program’s third consecutive appearance in the championship match in 2014. They will also look to add on to their already impressive 60-match home winning streak.
Keister, in his first year with the Bruins, wasted no time making an impact on the program. With head coach Sue Delaney, he helped guide the Bruins to a 26-8 record and a fourth place finish at NJCAA Division I Nationals. They went a perfect 10-0 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and won its first Region 18 Championship since 2009. Keister is a technical coach that loves data and many aspects of the sport, with a diverse background and a love for working with middles and outside hitters.
The AVCA formally presented their awards at the 2013 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle, Washington earlier today. The luncheon was held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention.