2012 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2012 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2012 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2012 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.
AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the Year
Gary Larkin, Hillsborough Community College
NJCAA Division I
Gary Larkin was named the head coach at Hillsborough Community College in 2003, where he is also a professor of English. He holds a BA in English Literature from Boston College, where he played lacrosse, and an MA in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 2012, HCC earned its 3rd conference championship, 5th Gulf District Championship, and fifth bid to the NJCAA Championships. HCC finished seventh in the nation in 2009 and eighth in 2008. In 2007 and 2006, HCC finished 11th. In 2006, HCC won the FCCAA State Championship. The Lady Hawks have posted 20-win seasons eight years in a row and made the postseason in eight of his 10 years. Larkin's career record now stands at 262-116.
By defeating North Idaho, HCC finished 7th in the nation. It is the second time HCC finished 7th, the last being 2009.
Larkin has been named AVCA Two Year College Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year, District H Coach of the Year, Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year, and USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Outstanding Coach. Larkin has coached four All-Americans and two Top Hitters at the NJCAA Championships. Larkin is a two-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year recipient, garnering the honor in 2008.
Nephtali Delgado Reyes, Monroe College
NJCAA Division II
Coach Delgado Reyes has developed a reputation as one of Puerto Rico's most respected volleyball coaches. Along with his impressive track record of success, Reyes emphasizes a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence both on and off the court, principles that he makes sure to drive home to his players.
The Monroe Mustangs women's volleyball team had an outstanding 35-7 season, winning the region and district championships as well as being recognized as one of the 16 top teams in the nation. Their remarkable season came to a quick end in the second round of the NJCAA DII National Tournament, but he has the future looking bright, as he fielded a team featuring 11 freshmen players.
Monroe's season included a run of 12 straight shutouts and 22 consecutive wins, a stretch where they lost a miniscule total of just two sets out of the 66 wins.
Delgado Reyes has had an enormous amount of success throughout his career, leading teams to championships at a variety of levels of competition in Central America. He's also honed his skills as a club coach in the United States, taking players to competitions around the country and competing with the best club teams both domestically and abroad.
His talent for developing young players ensures that his teams will always have a fighting chance come tournament time.
AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coaches of the Year
Chip Will, Grand Rapids Community College
NJCAA Division II
Coach Chip Will, in his sixth season as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Community College volleyball program, capped off the year by bringing home an NJCAA DII National Championship. GRCC brought home the title in convincing fashion, knocking off a Cowley County Community College squad that had previously been undefeated through their last 58 matches. They finished the year a remarkable 39-1, including an undefeated 14-0 on their home floor. The swept through conference play, winning 14 matches without faltering.
Prior to his time at GRCC, Chip was an assistant coach at Grand Valley State for 4 years, head coach at Forest Hills Northern for four years and West Catholic High for three years.
Coach Will has enjoyed success on the court throughout his career. Will led the Forest Hills Northern to 3 district titles and in 2007, lost in the class A state championship game.
This success has continued at GRCC, as the volleyball program has won six Regional and Conference Championships. The GRCC volleyball program has gained a reputation as being a top-10 team in the nation the past five years, and they have made five national tournament appearances since he began his career at GRCC.
Will has moved over 13 players on to four year scholarships, with a number of players earning All-American honors. Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, he has a career record of 141 wins and 22 losses at GRCC.
Darrin McBroom, Iowa Western Community College
NJCAA Division I
Darrin McBroom completed his fourth season with Iowa Western in 2012. During his first three seasons, his teams made appearances in three consecutive national tournaments and posted a three year record of 132-21. After seven seasons in the NJCAA, McBroom held one of the highest winning percentages among active coaches (84%) with an overall record of 277-54.
Making their seventh straight NJCAA Tournament appearance, the Reivers reinforced the statement they are in the upper echelon of two-year college volleyball programs. Iowa Western went 2-2 in tournament play and had its best finish since 2008, advancing to the national semi-finals and placing fourth at the championships, held in West Plains, Mo. The team ended its season with an overall record of 45-4, with three of its four losses coming at the hands of the top three finishers. A 2005 AVCA Region Coach of the Year winner, McBroom has now won the award twice.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coaches of the Year
Nabil Mardini, Los Angeles Pierce College
Nabil Mardini is in the midst of a record-setting year coaching the Brahmas, leading the No. 1 ranked team with a perfect 27-0 record and a Western State Conference Title. The program is certainly no stranger to success having won the conference championship an unprecedented 11 out of the last 12 seasons.
For the second consecutive year, they have received the top seed in the Southern California regional playoffs, matching up against Rio Hondo in the first round. They will be looking to capture their third consecutive state title, the first time anyone has done that since Golden West won 12 in a row from 1993-2004. They have their own streak right now, boasting 60 consecutive matches played without a loss. This is second Region coach of the Year honor after winning it in 2010.
Sharon Nelson, San Jacinto College-Central
NJCAA Division I
In her 11th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball team, Nelson has proven she is one of the top coaches in the nation. She has won nearly 75% of her matches with seven conference titles under her belt, entering the 2012 National Tournament with a No. 1 national ranking.
They went 3-1 at the tournament, defeating No. 13 Casper College, No. 5 Tyler Junior College and No. 3 Iowa Western Community College. It is the seventh consecutive top-10 national finish under Nelson after finishing fourth a year ago and as national runner-up in 2010. Nelson takes home her second AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor, winning in 2010.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coaches of the Year
Heidi Cartisser, College of Southern Idaho
NJCAA Division I
The College of Southern Idaho brought home its 10th NJCAA National Championship, capping off a year that saw them go 33-1 and a perfect 10-0 in conference. The Golden Eagles had an impressive run through the NJCAA National Tournament with four victories, knocking off No. 4 San Jacinto in the semifinals and No. 2 Western Nebraska for the championship.
For the team's efforts, Keani Passi won Tournament MVP and Cartisser won the Coach of the Tournament. Two additional players (Heather Meeuwsen and Liene Mullupe) were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Their last championship came in 2009, which was also Cartisser's last Region Coach of the Year honor.
Giovana Melo, Western Nebraska Community College
NJCAA Division I
2010 National Champions, Melo has continuously been able to build upon her success leading the Cougars. They finished the season with a 40-3 record and as runner-ups in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. Wester Nebraska CC completed the regular season as District J and Region 9S Champions, earning a No. 2 Tournament seed. Both Luiza Martins and Danika Youngblood were named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team. This is now her third consecutive year garnering AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors.
Other deserving candidates nominated for the 2012 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year award were: Patrick Hall (Hutchinson CC), Paula Weidemann (Missouri State), Stephanie Gooden (Kishwaukee), Glorida Coughlin (Moraine Valley CC), Frederick Wagner (Iowa Central), Sonny Lewis (Owens CC), Cliff Hastings (Parkland), Jim Dietz (Lincoln Land CC), Jen Bohner (Cowley), Mary Bruno, (Kansas City Kansas CC), Jessica Peters (Allen CC), Flavia Siqueira (College of Central Florida), Mary Malone (Temple), Eric Duda (Redlands), Rhonda Shirley (Tyler), Amanda Liebermann (Phoenix), Angel Sharman (Casper), Mary Young (Central CC-Columbus), Shaun Pohlman (Northwest)