2006 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
2006 Tachikara/AVCA Division III Region Coaches of the Year for Women's Volleyball Announced
11/8/2006 -Lexington, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their region as the 2006 Tachikara/AVCA Regional 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.
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Tachikara/AVCA Division III Central Region Coach of the Year
Tim Mosser, Concordia College-Moorhead
2006 Record: 24-1, 11-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Tim Mosser led Concordia College to their first-ever Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) regular season championship in program history in 2006. The Cobbers are ranked No. 3 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll, the highest ranking in school history, and have spent 33 consecutive weeks in the top 25 of the nation. This past weekend, Concordia earned their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament after winning their third MIAC Tournament in four years. Concordia is 24-1 going into the NCAA Tournament, which is the best start to a season in program history. They have been ranked second in all three NCAA Central Regional Rankings in 2006, and are 7-1 against teams that have appeared in at least one 2006 CSTV/AVCA Division III poll. This is the first time Mosser has won the Tachikara/AVCA Division III Central Region Coach of the Year. His career record in 13 seasons at Concordia is 247-164.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year
Amber Warners, Calvin College
2006 Record: 32-1, 16-0 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
In just her sixth season at the helm of Calvin College, Amber Warners has led the Knights to a 32-1 record heading into their third consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament. Following an undefeated Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) regular season (16-0), Calvin won the conference tournament and the NCAA automatic bid. The Knights are ranked No. 11 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll, the highest ranking for the school since 1995. Calvin has posted their second consecutive 30-win season, including three wins against other teams currently in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25. They begin NCAA Tournament play this weekend currently working on a 23-match win streak. Warners now has a career record at Calvin of 165-34. This is the first time she has been named the Tachikara/AVCA Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Larry Bock, Juniata College
2006 Record: 35-1, 7-0 Commonwealth Conference
Larry Bock has led Juniata College to an undefeated season in Division III play in 2006, with the only blemish on their 35-1 record coming at the hands of a Division I team. The Eagles have been ranked No. 1 every week this season in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll; they have been a unanimous choice each of the past eight weeks. In their 35 wins this season, including five wins against other teams currently in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25, Juniata has not lost more than one game in any one match, as they cruised to an undefeated Commonwealth Conference regular season and tournament championship. The Eagles begin NCAA Division III Tournament play this week on a quest for a third consecutive championship match appearance, and their second National Championship in three years. Bock is the active leader in women's volleyball career wins at any level of NCAA play, with a 1,104-172 record now in his thirtieth season. This is the tenth time Bock has been named Tachikara/AVCA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Leanne Ulmer, Carthage College
2006 Record: 29-4, 7-0 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Leanne Ulmer has led Carthage College to a 29-4 record in 2006, taking home their second consecutive outright College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championship. The Lady Reds have now reeled off 23 consecutive CCIW matches dating back to 2003. They were ranked as high as No. 6 in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll this season, the highest ranking in the school's history. Winning the CCIW automatic bid, Carthage prepares for their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and only the third in school history, where they will do battle with fellow top 10 team Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In only her sixth season as the Carthage coach, Ulmer is now second all-time at the school in career wins (162), and first in winning percentage (162-56, .743). This is the first Tachikara/AVCA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year award Ulmer has won.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year
Paul Dill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2006 Record: 31-5, 7-2 New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference
Paul Dill has led his Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team to a 31-5 record in 2006 heading into their second consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament. Despite losing three starters from a year ago, and one more to an injury mid-season, Dill built on a 29-9, 2005 season and led the Engineers to a second place finish in the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Ranked in the top three in all three NCAA New England Regional Rankings, MIT has also received votes on four CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Polls. Coming into his eleventh year in 2006, Dill was ranked among the top 10 active Division III coaches in career win percentage, and currently has an MIT-best career record of 295-100. The Engineers have reached the 20-plus win mark in all eleven seasons with Dill as head coach, and recorded their second 30-plus win season in 2006. This is the first time Dill has won the Tachikara/AVCA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year award.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III New York Region Coach of the Year
Ed Caesar, New York University
2006 Record: 32-6, 8-4 University Athletic Association
In his fifth season at the helm of New York University (NYU), Ed Caesar has led his squad to their fifth consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Sporting a 32-6 overall record, the Violets went 8-4 to finish third in the tough University Athletic Association, with all four conference losses coming against teams ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll. NYU has been ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 all season as well, currently coming in at No. 18. They have now been ranked on 47 consecutive CSTV/AVCA polls dating back to September of 2003. NYU was also ranked first on all three NCAA New York Regional Rankings in 2006. Entering the 2006 NCAA Tournament, NYU has reached at least the final eight of the tournament in three consecutive seasons, going all the way to the National Championship match in 2003. Caesar now has a career record at NYU of 181-40. This is the second consecutive Tachikara/AVCA Division III New York Region Coach of the Year award for Caesar, and his third overall.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III South Region Coach of the Year
Julie Jenkins, Trinity University (Texas)
2006 Record: 32-6, 17-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Julie Jenkins took her 2006 Trinity University team from unranked in the preseason CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll all the way to a top five rating heading into their tenth consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament. Despite losing a returning AVCA All-American to injury early in the season, Trinity won their ninth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) championship in 2006, including winning five out of six matches against other SCAC teams ranked in the Top 25. Rated first in all three NCAA South Regional Rankings this year, the Tigers won a total of seven matches against teams currently positioned in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25. Now in her twenty-second year as Trinity head coach, Jenkins earned career victory number 600 on October 27, and has now amassed a career record of 607-284, which puts her in the top 10 among active Division III coaches in career wins. This is the fifth time Jenkins has been named Tachikara/AVCA Division III South Region Coach of the Year.
Tachikara/AVCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year
Don Flora, University of La Verne
2006 Record: 27-2, 13-1 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Don Flora led his La Verne Leopards to their seventh consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship (SCIAC) in 2006. Despite losing their only AVCA All-American from a year ago, La Verne has been ranked in the top five all season in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll, and was ranked first in all three NCAA West Regional Rankings. La Verne has now been in the top 10 of the CSTV/AVCA poll for 56 consecutive weeks under Flora, dating back to October of 2002. The Leopards enter NCAA Tournament play this week looking to make their fourth consecutive semi-final appearance, and in pursuit of their second NCAA Championship under Flora, with the first one coming in 2001. Flora is 214-47 in his eight years at La Verne. This is his third Tachikara/AVCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year award, the other two coming in 2001 and 2003.