2007 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year
2007 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year for Women's Volleyball Announced
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2007) - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2007 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2007 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2007 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.
NJCAA Division II
Beth Domenico and Hagerstown Community College finished 2007 with a 42-6 record, after losing 14 matches just a year ago. Making their fifth consecutive appearance in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the Hawks were seeded eighth and a came away with a 7th-place finish, going 2-2 in the event. Hagerstown was ranked in the top 10 in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Poll every week but one this season, climbing as high as seventh and finishing No. 8. Domenico, who passed the 200-win mark at Hagerstown in 2007, wins her first AVCA Two-Year Colleges Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year award.
Gene Doorley, Alfred State College
NJCAA Division III
Gene Doorley answered a historic 2006 season at Alfred State College with the school's first Regional title since 1977. The Lady Pioneers finished the season ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA Division III Volleyball Poll, and spent the whole season in the top 10. Making their first appearance in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament since 1977, Alfred State finished 5th in the event, and ended the season with a 36-6 mark. Doorley, who won his 100th match at ASC earlier in the season, has now won the AVCA Two-Year Colleges Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year two consecutive seasons.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Midwest Region Coaches of the Year
Jeff Juenger, Southwestern Illinois College
NJCAA Division II
Jeff Juenger led Southwestern Illinois College to a 3rd-place finish in the 2007 NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Although they were the No. 6 seed going into the event, Southwestern capitalized on wins over the numbers three and four seeds to take home the bronze in this year's tournament. The Blue Storm ended the season in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Poll where they began, in the top 10, finishing at No. 7, after starting the year at No. 8.
Jill Stinson, Johnson County Community College
NJCAA Division II
Following a 27-12 record a year ago, Jill Stinson led Johnson County Community College to a 28-5 finish in 2007, and a runner-up finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. After not making the tournament for a 20-year span, Stinson has led the Cavaliers to the event four of the last five years, including the championship in 2005. In 11 years at JCCC, Stinson is just shy of 300 wins, and has now won the AVCA Two-Year Colleges Midwest Region Coach of the Year two times, taking the honor in 2005 as well.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coaches of the Year
Jane Peterson, Central Lakes CollegeNJCAA Division III
Jane Peterson led Central Lakes College to the 2007 NJCAA Division III National Championship, their third in the last eight seasons. Peterson's Raiders have won their region and qualified for the national tournament seven of the last eight years, and have not finished below third place. Peterson, who has been the head coach at Central Lakes since 1990, how has over 400 wins at the helm of the Raiders.
Charity Savedra, Frank Phillips College
NJCAA Division I
In just her second season as head coach, Charity Savedra led her Frank Phillips College team to the best record in the history of the volleyball program at 42-3. The Lady Plainsmen, undefeated in conference play, advanced to the NJCAA Division I Tournament, garnering the No. 3 seed. FPC finished fourth in the event, having advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history. Savedra has won 81 matches in just two seasons at the helm of the Lady Plainsmen, and has won her first AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coach of the Year honor.
AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coaches of the Year
Chris Green, Western Nebraska Community College
NJCAA Division I
Chris Green and Western Nebraska Community College followed up an NJCAA Division I national runner-up season in 2006 by taking home the national championship trophy for the first time in school history in any athletic program in 2007. WNCC entered the tournament as the number five seed with a 50-2 record, and won four consecutive matches to win the championship. In just nine seasons, Green has led the Cougars to nine consecutive tournament appearances, five national semifinal appearances, and over 450 wins. This honor marks the third consecutive AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coach of the Year award for Green, and his fourth overall.
Shay Goulding, Salt Lake Community CollegeNJCAA Division I
Shay Goulding guided a Salt Lake Community College team that lost 17 matches a year ago, to a 44-2 record and the top seed in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in 2007. Salt Lake lost to eventual national champion Western Nebraska in the semifinals in five games, but rallied to win the third-place match in the tournament. In just five seasons at the helm of the Bruins, Goulding has now led the team to four consecutive national tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2004. This is Goulding's second AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coach of the Year honor, garnering the award in 2004 as well.