1994 Men's National Coach of the Year


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Penn State's Tom Peterson Named 1994 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Tachikara and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) are pleased to announce that Tom Peterson of Penn State has been selected as the 1994 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year for NCAA men's volleyball.

Tom Peterson led his team to a final record of 23-3 in the regular season and to the team's fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA men's volleyball championship.  This is the fifth time during Peterson's tenure that Penn State has advanced to the NCAA Championship.  This also marks their tenth appearance in the tournament overall.

The Nittany Lions have won four regular-season tournaments this season including: the Mizuno Nittany Lion Invitational, the Hall of Fame Classic, the Golden Dome Classic and the EIVA championship.  In the EIVA championship, Penn State clinched the EIVA automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by defeating Rutgers-Newark, 3-0.  This is the fourth straight time Penn State has won the EIVA championship and seventh overall.

If Penn State earns a spot in the championship match, it will mark the first time since 1982 that the Nittany Lions have competed in the NCAA finals for men's volleyball.  That is also the last time that a team from the East has competed in the men's volleyball championship match.  Ohio State (1977) is the only other non-West Coast team that has competed in the finals.

In his sixth year of coaching, Peterson has a career record of 125-49.  His winning percentage (.718) ranks him third on the men's volleyball all-time highest winning percentage list in the AVCA Volleyball Records Book.  Two of his players, Ivan Contreras and Ramon Hernandez, have been selected as AVCA All-Americans for their play in the 1994 season.

Penn State has been ranked in the top four in the AVCA/Tachikara coaches poll for all but one week of the 1994 season and has been ranked as high as No. 2.  The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 in the final poll.  Part of that success is due to two win streaks this season.  They won 14 straight matches between Jan. 22 and Apr. 1, and then, after losing two straight, went on to win their final eight matches of the season.

Tachikara will formally present the Coach of the Year Awards on Dec. 15 in Austin, Texas.  The luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Austin and is being held in conjunction with the 1994 AVCA National Convention

Peterson will also honored at the NCAA Championship Banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Fort Wayne, Ind., on May 5.  The AVCA has been selecting national coaches of the year since 1982.

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