AVCA Two-Year College Regional Awards

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 3, 2014) - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2014 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2014 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2014 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.


 
AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coaches of the Year
 
 

Alicia Williams, Iowa Western Community College
NJCAA Division I
In just her second season at the helm of the Reivers, Williams has been able to continue the winning tradition, helping them win their ninth consecutive District Championship. They entered the NJCAA Division I National Tournament as the No. 1 seed where they advanced to the quarterfinals. Iowa Western Community College finished this year's campaign with a 45-2 overall record, going a perfect 13-0 in their home gym. In her two years as the head coach, she has a record of 89-7. This is Williams' first AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor.

 

Cliff Hastings, Parkland College
NJCAA Division II

Parkland College entered the 2014 season with high expectations and they did not disappoint, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and advancing to the championship match. They notched 52 wins with just three losses to give him a career record of 271-40 (87% winning percentage). They were ranked No. 1 in the nation in eight of the nine polls. They entered the championship match with the longest winning streak in the nation at 25. They ranked first in NJCAA Division II in assists (2,135) and kills (2,408) and third in blocks (618). Hastings wins his second consecutive AVCA Region Coach of the Year award.


 
AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coaches of the Year
 
 

Erin Mellinger, Blinn College
NJCAA Division I

They say one of the hardest things to do in all of sports is to defend a national championship, and the Mellinger-led Blinn College Buccaneers did just that. In fact, some may call it a dynasty since they've now taken the championship in three of the last four years. They concluded the 2014 season with a 40-1 record going a perfect 10-0 in the conference. Blinn entered the NJCAA Division I National Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed. On their path to the championship, they defeated No. 15 Hutchinson, No. 10 Arizona Western, No. 3 Southern Idaho and finally No. 5 Miami Dade. This marks her second consecutive AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor.

 

Jamie Ivers, Grossmont College
CCCAA

Head coach Jamie Ivers has had no shortage of victories over the years. She's led her team to a Pacific Coast Athletics Conference Title in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and this year while earning PCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Also in 2014, she took home the Southern California Coach of the Year award. Earlier this week, Grossmont continued their perfect season (28-0) with a five-set victory over Cypress to advance to the State Championships at Cabrillo College. This is her second AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor after winning in 2011. Five players on this year's roster have signed national letters of intent to play at universities next fall.

 


AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the Year
 
 

Origines "Kiko" Benoit, Miami Dade College
NJCAA Division I

Since Benoit took over the Sharks program in 2005 he immediately established a winning institution, leading them to a runner-up finish in the NJCAA National Championship Match that year. Fast forward to 2014, and he has continued his winning ways with another championship appearance. Miami Dade finished the season with a 30-win season (30-4), a Region 8 Championship and a No. 5 seed in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. As a team, they were dominant in blocking by finishing the season ranked seventh nationally with 366 total blocks. They were led by middle blocker Eirini Chatziefstradiado, who was third nationally in blocks per set averaging 1.55. This is Benoit's third AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor after winning it in 2005 and 2009.

 

Kim Whitney, Pasco-Hernando State College
NJCAA Division II

Now in her 12th season leading the Conquistadores, Whitney once again led her team to a successful season. They went 39-5, won District P and earned a No. 5 seed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. For her efforts, she was named the District P Coach of the Year for the third time. Whitney is now a four-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year after winning in 2006, 2010 and 2011.

 


AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coaches of the Year

 

Shaun Pohlman, Northwest College
NJCAA Division I

It was another great season for Pohlman in 2014, leading his team to the third place match of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.  Their most notable moment was knocking off the No. 1 seed Iowa Western to advance to the national semifinals. He coached outside hitter Alekandra Djordjevic to a fantastic campaign that saw her finish the season ranked fourth nationally in total kills with 550. Just completing his fourth season, the future remains bright for Northwest College with Pohlman at the helm. This is his first AVCA Region Coach of the Year award.

 

Toby Parker, Madison College
NJCAA Division III

For the second consecutive season, Toby Parker led his team to the NJCAA Division III Championship. The Wolfpack became just the sixth team since Division III came into existence that a team has won the national championship in back-to-back years. They concluded the season with a 30-3 overall record and 11-1 in North Central Community College Conference play. For the outstanding season, Parker was selected the NJCAA Region IV Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Now in his 10th season, Parker is a first-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year winner.

 

 

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