2009 Division II Region Coaches of the Year
2009 AVCA Division II Region Coaches of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their region as the 2009 AVCA Division II Regional Coach of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2008 AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2009 jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.
AVCA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Jennifer Harrison, Clarion University
2009 Record: 26-10, 15-4 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Jennifer Harrison just completed her third season at Clarion University, taking the Golden Eagles to their sixth NCAA Division II Tournament since 2002. Clarion improved on a 16-15 season a year ago, one in which they finished fifth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division, by going 26-10 in 2009, and finishing second in their PSAC division with a 15-4 conference mark. Making their second NCAA Tournament appearance during Harrison's tenure, Clarion lost a heart-breaker to rival Edinboro University in five sets in the first round, finishing with 26 wins, tied for fifth-most in school history. Harrison is now 70-31 (.693) in her three seasons at Clarion. She earns her first AVCA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year distinction.
AVCA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year
Brady Starkey, Concordia University-St. Paul
2009 Record: 34-0, 20-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
In his seventh season at the helm, Brady Starkey has his Concordia University-St. Paul Golden Bears in position to capture their third consecutive NCAA Division II national title, as the squad has rolled to a 34-0 record thus far in 2009. The team is currently riding a 71-match win-streak, an NCAA Division II record, and is making its fifth NCAA Division II quarterfinal appearance in the last seven years. Starkey and the Golden Bears have also captured their seventh-straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) title and have held the top spot in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll for every week this season. Starkey has now won AVCA Division II North Central Region Coach of the Year five times in the past seven years (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009).
AVCA Division II East Region Coach of the Year
Leo Uzcategui, University of Bridgeport
2009 Record: 33-7, 10-2 East Coast Conference
In his first season as its head coach, Leo Uzcategui led at the University of Bridgeport to its most successful season in school history. Uzcategui took over a team that had been steadily improving over the past two seasons, including making its first trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2008. The Purple Knights took the next step in 2009, winning their first-ever East Coast Conference volleyball championship, and advancing to the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Bridgeport set a school record for wins in 2009 with 33, including prevailing in 20 out of 21 matches during one stretch of the season. After a distinguished coaching career in both Brazil and Venezuela, Uzcategui began his collegiate coaching career in the U.S. as the assistant women's volleyball coach at Florida Atlantic in 1988. This is his first AVCA Division II East Region Coach of the Year honor.
AVCA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Jody Butera, University of Indianapolis
2009 Record: 38-1, 13-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference
In her 13th year as the head coach at the University of Indianapolis, Jody Butera has turned in yet another successful campaign. While breaking the program's single-season wins record, she has led the Greyhounds to a nearly perfect 2009 go-around with a 38-1 record and a second-place regular season finish in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Along with her squad's impressive record, Butera guided the Greyhounds' to their first GLVC Tournament title since 2003, and her team earned hosting rights for the NCAA Division II Regional tournament, which resulted in the program's first-ever Midwest Region title. Producing five All-GLVC players in 2009, including the GLVC Freshman of the Year, Butera has now upped her overall record to a 324-154. This is her first AVCA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year honor.
AVCA Division II South Region Coach of the Year
Chris Catanach, University of Tampa
2009 Record: 31-2, 15-1 Sunshine State Conference
Now in his 26th season with the University of Tampa, Chris Catanach continues to keep his program on the national radar. In 2009, the veteran mentor has guided his team to a 31-2 overall record and a 15-1 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) record, earning Tampa a share of its fifth straight and 18th overall league title. Under his leadership this season, the Spartans earned their 14th consecutive and 24th overall appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament and captured their 12th straight NCAA Division II South Region title by sweeping through its three matches during the event. Catanach reached the 800-win milestone in 2009 and now holds a 810-153 career record. This is the fifth consecutive time, and 13th overall, that Catanach has earned AVCA Division II South Region Coach of the Year honors.
AVCA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Shelton Collier, Wingate University
2009 Record: 36-2, 16-0 South Atlantic Conference
In his eighth season at Wingate University, Shelton Collier has continued to guide his team to new heights. Leading the Bulldogs to their third consecutive undefeated South Atlantic Conference (SAC) season, Wingate finished with an impressive record of 16-0 in league bouts and a 36-2 overall mark. Under Collier's guidance, the Bulldogs have won 95 out of their last 100 matches dating back to the 2007 season. Wingate captured its fourth consecutive SAC tournament title under Collier and has now won 12 straight SAC Tournament contests. For his efforts, Collier was named the SAC Coach of the Year for the third year in a row. This is the second consecutive time Collier has received the AVCA Division II Southeast Region Coach of the Year award. He also previously earned AVCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year during his tenure at Division I Georgia Tech.
AVCA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year
Phil Piontek, University of Central Missouri
2009 Record: 32-4, 18-2 Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association
As Phil Piontek entered his first year as head coach at the University of Central Missouri and 24th year overall with the program, he boosted his team to the most conference wins in UCM history. Helping the Jennies to the first Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) title since 2000, Piontek has led Central Missouri to its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament, hosting the regional event for the first time since 1995. Piontek guided six players to spots on the All-MIAA squad and has helped UCM continue it's run in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, with the program being ranked in every poll since 1986. During his time at UCM, the Jennies have compiled an outstanding 761-178 record. This marks the first time Piontek has received AVCA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year honors.
AVCA Division II West Region Coach of the Year
Chris Green, University of Alaska Anchorage
2009 Record: 23-8, 14-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Coach Green has turned around a University of Alaska Anchorage program that won just one league match two seasons ago, leading the Seawolves to the best season in UAA volleyball history in only his second year at the helm. Green guided his team to their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) title since 1992, qualifying for the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time since 1990. Named the GNAC Coach of the Year after leading the squad to a 23-8 record, Green placed four players on All-GNAC teams, while also mentoring the league's Player of the Year. This marks the first time Green received AVCA Division II West Region Coach of the Year honors.