2006 Tachikara/AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year for Women's Volleyball Announced

12/5/2006

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2006 Tachikara/AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the YearSM for Women's Volleyball Announced

Lexington, Ky (Dec. 5, 2006) -  The following coaches have been selected by their region as the 2006 Tachikara/AVCA Two-Year College Region Coach of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2006 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2006 Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club Awards banquet in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.

 

Tachikara/AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the YearSM

Gene Doorley, Alfred State College

2006 Record: 32-3

NJCAA Division III

Gene Doorley led Alfred State College to their best season since they won the Region III Championship in 1977.  After beginning the season with 22 consecutive wins, the Blue and Gold were ranked as high as No. 5 in the NJCAA Division III poll.  Alfred State ended the 2006 campaign with a 32-3 record (30-2 in Region III Division III play), finishing Reg. III runners-up (playing without injured Reg. III, DIII Player of the Year Brianne McMahon).  Doorley's record at Alfred State is now 70-49 in four seasons.
Kim Whitney, Pasco-Hernando Community College

2006 Record: 28-9

NJCAA Division I

In her third season at the helm of Pasco-Hernando Community College, Kim Whitney's team was nationally ranked in the Top 20 again, coming in at No. 9 in the final poll.  After winning the conference regular season, the Lady Conquistadors went 1-2 in the Florida Community College Activities Association Tournament, finishing their season at 28-9.  Whitney is now 90-32 in her three seasons at Pasco-Hernando.

 

 

Tachikara/AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coaches of the YearSM

Terry Gamble, Iowa Western Community College

2006 Record: 60-4

NJCAA Division I

In just his second season as head coach of Iowa Western Community College, Terry Gamble led the Lady Reivers to their first NJCAA Division I Championship in 2006. Their 60 wins is a program record, up from last year's 45; all 60 wins this season were by virtue of a sweep.  After entering the Championship Tournament ranked No. 3, and with the No. 3 seed in the tournament, IWCC won four consecutive matches, including defeating top-ranked Western Nebraska CC in the finals.

 

Ron Sweet, Kishwaukee Community College

2006 Record: 50-3

NJCAA Division II

Ron Sweet led Kishwaukee Community College to their third NJCAA Division II national title in the last six years in 2006.  After entering the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, the Kougars went 4-0 in the championship competition, including sweeping top-seeded Chandler-Gilbert in the finals.  The Kougars' championship run was set up by a 30-1 record in the final two months of the season, including being victorious in every single game since Sept. 29, and winning a ninth straight Arrowhead Conference title and seventh consecutive NJCAA Division II Region IV championship.


 

Tachikara/AVCA Two Year College Southwest Region Coaches of the YearSM

Le Valley Pattison, El Camino College

2006 Record: 25-2

Community College League of California

Now in her sixteenth season as head coach, Le Valley Pattison led El Camino College to a 25-2 record in 2006, and a South Coast Conference Championship.  El Camino entered the Southern California Regional Playoffs as the No. 1 seed, ranked No. 2 in the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.  The Lady Warriors advanced to the quarterfinals of the COA Women's Volleyball Championship, where they fell to eventual national runner-up LA Pierce. 

 

David Rehr, Blinn College

2006 Record: 34-4

NJCAA Division I

After being unranked in the 2006 NJCAA Division I preseason poll, David Rehr led his Blinn College team to No. 4 in the final national rankings.  The Buccaneers went undefeated in a conference where four teams were ranked in the top twenty this season. In Blinn's fourth-consecutive trip to the NJCAA Division I Championship Tournament, they finished the competition 3-1, good for fifth place, with their only loss coming at the hands of eventual-champion Iowa Western.  The fifth place finish in the national tournament is the best in school history.

 

 

Tachikara/AVCA Two Year College West Region Coaches of the YearSM

Christopher Green, Western Nebraska Community College

2006 Record: 56-2

NJCAA Division I

Christopher Green led Western Nebraska Community College to a 56-2 record in 2006.  The Lady Cougars were No. 1 in the nation for seven straight weeks, and won their sub-regional and regional for the eighth consecutive year.  They entered the NJCAA Division I Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed, and No. 1 team in the nation.  WNCC advanced all the way to the finals of the tournament, falling in three games in the championship match to Iowa Western.  Their national runner-up finish is the best in school history.

 

Bret Taylor, North Idaho College

2006 Record: 36-8

NJCAA Division I

Following a Scenic West Athletic Conference co-championship last season, Bret Taylor's North Idaho Cardinals won the championship outright this season with a 10-2 record.  They also won the Region 18A championship, advancing them to the NJCAA Division I Championships. The Cardinals took a 34-6 overall record and No. 8 ranking into the championships.  NIC went 2-2 in the post season tournament, losing in the third-place match, and taking home fourth place.

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