1997 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year
Penn State's Russ Rose Named 1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara, is proud to announce that Russ Rose of Penn State University has been selected as the 1997 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.
Rose has led the Nittany Lions (33-1) to their third national championship semifinals in the last five seasons. The team earned a tie for the Big Ten Conference championship, its fourth title in just six years in the conference. Penn State held down the top ranking in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll for the majority of the season. On the year, the squad earned wins over nationally-ranked Stanford (twice), Wisconsin, BYU, Nebraska, Texas and Ohio State. Entering the national semifinals, the Nittany Lions have lost just eight games.
In his 19 years in State College, Rose has recorded a 619-118 overall record for an .840 winning percentage and a second place all-time ranking among Division I coaches. His teams have advanced to the NCAA tournament all 17 seasons, posting a 17-7 tournament record in the 90âs, including semifinal appearances in three of the last five years.
Tachikara will formally present the national coach of the year awards on Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997, in Spokane, Wash., at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet. The luncheon, which will begin at noon at the Spokane Doubletree City Center, is held in conjunction with the 1997 AVCA National Convention.