1999 Tachikara/AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year


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Colorado Springs, Colo. ­ The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara USA, Inc., is proud to announce that Wilfred Navalta, Ph.D., of Brigham Young University-Hawai'i has been selected as the 1999 Tachikara/AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year.

 In 1999, Navalta led BYU-Hawai'i to the Division II national championship title ­ his first at that level.  BYU-Hawai'i, ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 nearly all season, swept Tampa, 15-3, 15-12, 15-3, in the title match.  BYU-Hawai'i finished the season 30-2.

Previously, Navalta led his teams to four straight NAIA national championships from 1994-97 (eight total).  In 15 seasons at the Seasider helm, Navalta has compiled an amazing 379-63 (.857) record.  In 1985, Navalta took over an up-and-coming volleyball program and immediately led the Seasiders to a ninth-place finish at the NAIA tournament.  The next year, with Navalta at the helm, the Lady Seasiders won the NAIA national championship title.  In 1987, they did it again.  From there, Navalta and his teams have never looked back.  He has guided BYU-Hawai'i to 12 conference titles, two NCAA II and 11 NAIA tournament appearances and NAIA titles in 1986, '87, '91, '92, '94, '95, '96 and '97, not to mention this year's NCAA II title.

 Navalta's NAIA tournament record of 69-7 (.908) is the best in the Association's history, as are the unprecedented eight national championships.  His NCAA II tournament record is 6-1 (.857), giving him an overall national tournament mark of 75-8 (.904).

 Over the years, Navalta has coached six NCAA Division II and 33 NAIA All-Americans and has been named the Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year three times.  In 1994, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

 Navalta has been honored three times as the Sportsperson of the Year by the Honolulu Quarterback Club, receiving the accolades in 1987, '91 and '96.  In 1991, he also was the Kodak Hula Bowl Sportsperson of the Year and then served as grand marshall at the 1992 Kodak Hula Bowl Parade.

 Navalta came to BYU-Hawai'i in 1963 on a basketball scholarship.  While at the institution, he played volleyball and basketball for three years.  In 1966, he transferred to Brigham Young University, where he completed a bachelor's degree in 1967 and a master's in 1969.  While working on his master's, Navalta coached the BYU men's volleyball team to a fourth-place finish at the Collegiate National Championships in 1969.  After coaching and teaching high school in Arizona for two years, Navalta returned to BYU, where he received his doctorate in 1978.

 Tachikara will formally present the National Coach of the Year awards on Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawai'i, at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet.  The brunch, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the Hawaiian Regent, is held in conjunction with the 1999 AVCA National Convention.

Roger Revelle, Senior Vice President of Tachikara USA presenting National Coach of the Year plaque to Wilfred Navalta.

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