2008 AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year

12/12/2008

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Kim Cherniss - Cal State San Bernardino
 

2008 AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year

   

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 12, 2008) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that California State University, San Bernardino head women's volleyball coach Kim Cherniss has been selected has the 2008 AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year.

 

In her 18 years as the Cal State San Bernardino mentor, Cherniss has led the program to national prominence, most recently earning an appearance in its first-ever NCAA Division II Championship match and just its second-ever showing in the NCAA Tournament final round of four. The Coyotes whitewashed both California (Pa.) and Truman, 3-0, to begin the national championship round and then suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 setback to host and defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul in the title match.

 

Cal State San Bernardino began the season ranked No. 4 in the Bison/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll, and never fell lower, ending its season by winning 14 of its last 16 contests, all coming in sweeping fashion, and racking up a final 30-4 mark. The Coyotes spent four weeks of the season atop the Coaches Poll and ended the year with a final ranking of No. 2, capturing a California Collegiate Athletic Association championship and the NCAA West Region title along the way.

 

Prior to her tenure at CSUSB, Cherniss was the head coach of a professional team in France. She was also a player for a professional team, the San Bernardino Jazz. During her time at Cal State San Bernardino, Cherniss has won 382 contests, and since 1996 she has been victorious in over 80 percent of her matches (.835) with a 313-62 mark. The Coyotes, under Cherniss, have won six CCAA championships, including three straight, and have also captured three regional titles and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 for nine consecutive years.

 

The AVCA will formally present the Division II National Coach of the Year award to Cherniss at the 2008 jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, December 18.  The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2008 AVCA Annual Convention.

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