2009 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year

12/1/2009

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2009 AVCA Two-Year College Region Coaches of the Year

 

Lexington, KY (December 1, 2009) - The following coaches have been selected by their regions as the 2009 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Region Coaches of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2009 AVCA Two-Year Colleges 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 Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coaches of the Year

Origenes Benoit, Miami Dade College
NJCAA Division I

Origenes "Kiko" Benoit led Miami Dade College to the 2009 Southern Conference Championship by finishing undefeated in the conference at 12-0 for the fourth consecutive season.  The Lady Sharks entered the NJCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship as the No. 5 seed, and finished the tournament by defeating Iowa Western Community College in the fifth-place match.  Miami Dade was ranked seventh in the final NJCAA Division I Poll, and finished the season with a 32-5 record.  This year's AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year award marks the second such honor for Benoit, his other coming in his first year as head coach in 2005.

 

Justin Stack, Monroe College (NY)

NJCAA Division II

In his first year as head coach, Justin Stack turned around a Monroe College (Bronx, N.Y) team that had compiled a 10-30 record the previous two seasons.  In the best season in the program's history, the Lady Mustangs won a school-record 27 matches in 2009, and won their first District Championship en route to a No. 15 seed in their first-ever NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship.  Monroe also received votes in most of the 2009 NJCAA Division II Polls.  Stack came to Monroe after spending two seasons as the men's and women's head volleyball coach at his alma mater, Hunter College.  He wins the first AVCA Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year for both himself and Monroe College.

 

AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coaches of the Year

Ronda Shirley, Hutchinson Community College

NJCAA Division I

Entering the 2009 season, Ronda Shirley had to replace her all-conference setter and two back-row players from a team that went 30-16 a year ago.  After a back-and-forth beginning to the season, Shirley's Blue Dragons won 19 of 21 matches, capped by a come-from-behind win over Barton to win the program's fifth regional championship in the last six seasons.  Hutchinson earned the No. 8 seed in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship, and finished in ninth place, ending the season at 33-9.  Shirley, who earns her first AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year honor, is now 347-157 (.688) in 12 seasons at Hutchinson.

  
Sue Sinclair, Illinois Central College

NJCAA Division II

Sue Sinclair won her first NJCAA Division II national championship with Illinois Central College in 2009.  The Cougars entered the NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship as the No. 1 overall seed and, after winning four consecutive matches in the tournament, finished the year with a 33-7 record.   During her 20-year tenure at ICC, she has had only one losing season, and has now qualified for the national tournament 13 times. Entering this season Sinclair has coached 19 All-Americans and sent 58 athletes on scholarship to play for four-year institutions.  Sinclair now has a career record of 694-322 (.683) during her years at Illinois Central, and she earns her second AVCA Two-Year College Midwest Region Coach of the Year distinction, having also won the award in 1997.

 

AVCA Two-Year Colleges Southwest Region Coaches of the Year

Jason Hopkins, Brookhaven College

NJCAA Division III

Jason Hopkins has continued to build a dynasty with the Brookhaven College volleyball team. Hopkins led the team to a perfect record in division play throughout the year, clinching the Metro Athletic Conference Championship and an overall record of 29-10. Hopkins guided the Lady Bears to their second straight national championship, which is their fourth NJCAA Division III title in the past six years. Hopkins was also named the NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year while producing the NJCAA Division III MVP along with two Division III All-Tournament Team selections. This is the first time Hopkins has been named the AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year.

 

 

Tammy Silva, Pasadena City College

CCCAA

Tammy Silva has guided the Lancers to one of the greatest seasons in Pasadena City College women's volleyball history. Silva led the team to an outstanding 2009 record of 23-2 and a perfect 16-0 in the South Coast Conference for the first time in the program's history. The 2009 South Coast Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year also saw all seven of her starting players receive All-SCC honors while making their first trip to the CCCAA Championship since 1993. Silva also marked her 100th career win this season while guiding the Lancers through their school-record 22-match winning streak that included 10 three-game sweeps. This is the first time Silva has been named AVCA Two-Year College Southwest Region Coach of the Year.

 

 

AVCA Two-Year Colleges West Region Coaches of the Year

Sally Thalken, North Platte Community College

NJCAA Division II

Sally Thalken continued her success at North Platte Community College, guiding her team to a 30-15 record for the 2009 season. In her 29th year coaching the Lady Knights, the team not only finished as the 2009 Region IX Division II champions but also finished in 9th place at the NJCAA Division II National tournament. At the conclusion of the season, Thalken had improved her overall record to 810-528. This is the first time Thalken has been named AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year.

 

Heidi Cartisser, College of Southern Idaho

NJCAA Division I

Heidi Cartisser has led the Golden Eagles to yet another successful season with an impressive 32-6 overall record and a 7-3 record in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. Cartisser guided her team to the program's ninth NJCAA Volleyball Championship while also being named Coach of the Tournament and the NJCAA coach of the year. Along with the national title, Cartisser also produced the NJCAA's MVP of the national tournament as well as the top server of the tournament. This is the first time Cartisser has been named AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year.

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