2005 Men's National Coach of the Year Division III


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Carthage College's Head Coach L.J. Marx Selected
2005 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara USA, Inc, is proud to announce that L.J. Marx of Carthage College has been selected as the 2005 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year. This is the second year a separate Division III Men's National Coach of the Year honor has been awarded.

Marx led Carthage to a 17-9 record in its first season as a NCAA Division III varsity program. The Redmen earned the Midwest/West berth to the 2005 Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship this season. Carthage fell to Juniata in the title match, but took a game from the top-ranked Eagles as they lost 30-23, 26-30, 30-22, 30-24. The Redmen defeated tournament host Stevens Tech in three games during the semifinal round.

Carthage completed the 2005 with a 7-1 record against Division III opponents and earned third-place in the final CSTV/AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll. The only loss came against Juniata in the final match of the season. Prior to the Juniata match, the Redmen did not drop a single game to any Division III program. They defeated then-ranked Clarke twice, fifth-ranked Stevens Tech and eighth-ranked UC Santa Cruz in three games. Carthage is a provisional member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

Marx's 2005 squad had only three juniors and no seniors. He placed two of his student-athletes on the AVCA Division III All-America Teams. Sophomore Shane Olson was named to the first team and was selected the AVCA Division III Newcomer of the Year, while freshman T.J. Bellei was named to the second team. Both were All- MIVA Division III selections with teammate sophomore Pat Koster. Marx was honored as the MIVA Division III Coach of the Year.

Prior to Carthage playing at the Division III level, the Redmen were a club team for two seasons under Marx's direction. He coached the club team to a 43-18 record (.705 winning percentage). In addition to his men's coaching duties, Marx has been an assistant for the Carthage women's program since 2000.

Marx is a 2003 graduate of Carthage with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science. He is active in the AVCA as a voting member on the CSTV/AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll and the AVCA Division III Men's All-America committee.

Tachikara will formally present the AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year award in San Antonio at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club Awards banquet. The brunch is held in conjunction with the 2005 AVCA Annual Convention.

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