AVCA Two-Year College Regional Awards

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 30, 2015) - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2015 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2015 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2015 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention.

 

AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Cliff Hastings, Parkland College
2015 Record: 57-0

Seventh season as the head coach of the Cobras...NJCAA Division II National Champions...NJCAA Division II Coach of the Tournament...Played 180 total sets this year, losing just nine all season...Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete won the tournament's most valuable player...Just one match out of 57 went five sets...Second championship in program history (1999)...161-5 overall record in the last three seasons...Finished as NJCAA runner-up the last two seasons...This is his third consecutive AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor.

 

AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Jim Dietz, Lincoln Land Community College
2015 Record: 40-6

Tenth season as the head coach of the Loggers...Runner-up finish in the NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Tournament ...Two players named to the all-tournament team (Talesha Scott, Tiffany Sunderlin)...Won District A (Region 24B) and earned a six seed in the NJCAA Tournament...Upset No. 3 Johnson County and No. 2 Glendale to make championship match...Career record of 333-125.

 

AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year
Lisa Stuck, Glendale Community College
2015 Record: 32-3

Earned a No. 2 seed in the NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Tournament...Won third consecutive regional championship...Finished first in the conference...Sophomore setter McKenzey Beck won the conference player of the year and earned all-tournament honors...Finished in the top-10 of the NJCAA in kills per set (12.68), assists per set (11.85) and digs per set (21.35)...This is her second AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor (1998).

 

AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year
Zach Shaver, Yavapai College
2015 Record: 22-8

Third season as the team's head coach...The District C Championship was the first in program history...Also made program's first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I Tournament...Went 14-2 and finished second in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference...Lost just one match all season in their home gym...Outside hitter/right side Iva Alebic is second in the NJCAA in kills per set (4.66).

 

AVCA Two-Year College Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Stephanie Skidmore, Indian River State College
2015 Record: 24-8

Sixth Season at the helm at IRSC...Won first ever Southern Conference Championship...Sixth in the country with a .289 team hitting percentage...Rattled off a 14-match winning streak from September 9th through October 3rd...As of October 28, ranked 12th in the NJCAA National Poll.

 

AVCA Two-Year College Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Gary Larkin, Hillsborough Community College
2015 Record: 34-6

Thirteenth season as the head coach of Hillsborough...Finished the NJCAA National Tournament with a third-place finish...FCSAA State and Suncoast Conference Champions...Larkin won the FCSAA State and Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year...Earned a five seed in the NJCAA National Division I Tournament...This marks his fourth AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor (2008, 2012, 2013).

 

AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year
Shaun Pohlman, Northwest College
2015 Record: 33-6

Fourth season as head coach of Northwest... District I (Region IX) Champions and a No. 3 seed in the NJCAA National Tournament...Ranked first in the nation with 14.17 kills per set and 13.03 assists per set...Fourth-place finish in the tournament...Back-to-back AVCA Region Coach of the Year honoree.

 

AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year
Traci Stephenson, Chemeketa Community College
2015 Record: 37-4

Won the Northwest Athletic Conference South Championship and clinched a berth in the NWAC Championship Tournament...Ranked first in the NWAC in hitting percentage (.262) and assists per set (13.18) and second in kills per set (13.50).

 

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