2010 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year
Nabil Mardini - Los Angeles Pierce College
Donna Zidek - Moraine Valley Community College
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 9, 2010) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Los Angeles Pierce College head women's volleyball coach Nabil Mardini has been selected has the 2010 AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Coach of the Year, while Moraine Valley Community College assistant coach Donna Zidek has been named the organization's AVCA Two-Year Colleges National Assistant Coach of the Year.
2010 saw Mardini take Los Angeles Pierce to new heights, as he mentored the Brahmas to their first California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state championship. Under Mardini's direction, Los Angeles Pierce placed five players on the event's all-tournament team, which included Most Valuable Player Sarah Martin. The Brahmas concluded the year as the No. 1 ranked team in the California Community Colleges Women's Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.
In his 11 years at the helm of the program, Mardini has racked up a 217-50 overall record, which included a 30-3 mark this season. His athletes led the Western State Conference (WSC) in kills, aces and assists during the campaign and his squads have secured nine of the last 10 WSC Championships.
In addition to his work with Los Angeles Pierce, Mardini has been both a successful coach and director of the boys' and girls' programs at Santa Monica Beach Club. As an athlete, Mardini, a native of Lebanon, played two years of volleyball for Santa Monica College. In 1996, he was voted MVP and "Athlete of the Year" for Santa Monica College. Prior to arriving in the United States, Mardini had a very successful career as a member of his hometown semi-professional club team, "Club Relevement Social Knat." He was also a former member of Lebanon's Junior National Team. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.
Zidek has been an assistant coach at Moraine Valley since the 2004 season and played an integral role in the program's 34-8 overall record in 2010, which included an impressive 25-match win streak. With Zidek's guidance, the Cyclones captured the Illinois Skyway Conference title with an 11-0 record, won the NJCAA Division II Region IV Championship and finished the season 13th at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. In addition to her duties at MVCC, Zidek also coaches for the Celtic Force Volleyball Club.
The AVCA will formally present both coaches their awards at the 2010 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, December 16. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Annual Convention.