1998 Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year

11/26/1998

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CENTRAL COLLEGE'S MEGAN CLAYBERG NAMED 1998 TACHIKARA/AVCA DIVISION III NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR

Colorado Springs, Colo. ­­ The American Volleyball Coaches Association, in conjunction with Tachikara, is proud to announce that Megan Clayberg of Central College has been selected as the 1998 AVCA/Tachikara Division III National Coach of the Year.

Clayberg led Central (37-2) to the NCAA championship for the first time in school history.  They defeated No. 10 Wellesley and defending national champion UC San Diego to claim the title.  Ranked No. 1 in the region all season, Central has been in the top four nationally since the first poll of the year.  The Dutch, 10-0 in the Iowa Collegiate Athletic Conference during the regular season, recorded significant regular-season wins over Washington University (Mo.), UW-Whitewater, Wartburg (twice) and Nebraska Wesleyan (twice).

Clayberg has posted a 237-82 record in her eight seasons at Central.  The Dutch have made four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the national semifinals the last two seasons.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Clayberg is a graduate of Wayne State University (Neb.), where she lettered four times in volleyball and once in basketball.  She was a two-time first-team all conference and all-district selection.  Prior to Central she was a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State University (Kan.), where she earned her masters of science degree in coaching, exercise science and athletic administration.

Tachikara will formally present the Coach of the Year awards on Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Madison, Wis.  The luncheon, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Madison West, is held in conjunction with the 1998 AVCA National Convention.

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