1999 Tachikara/AVCA 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 Donna Hawkins of Georgetown College has been selected as the 1999 Tachikara/AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year.

 During the 1999 campaign, Hawkins led the Georgetown Tigers to their highest ranking in school history (No. 4) and the Elite Eight of the NAIA national tournament for the first time ever.  For the season, the Tigers earned a 40-5 mark.

 In her 20 seasons at the Tiger helm, Hawkins' teams have compiled a record of 623-217, making her the winningest NAIA coach in history (counting wins at NAIA institutions only).  Her tenure has seen 16 National Scholar-Athletes, 14 All-Americans (First-Team through Honorable Mention), two GTE Academic All-Americans, one Fulbright Scholar, 46 All-Conference players, two A.O. Duer National Award winners, one NAIA Elite Eight appearance and numerous in-season tournament championships.  In addition, the Tigers have captured the conference title nine years in a row and have made six trips to the national tournament.

 During 1999, Hawkins captured career win No. 600 ­ unprecedented at Georgetown in any sport ­ in a victory over King College, Nov. 25, 1999.

 Hawkins' teams have not lost a single game ­ much less a match ­ against a league foe since Nov. 1, 1997, when they lost game No. 1, 13-15, to Lambuth.

 Hawkins came to Georgetown in 1980 after teaching and coaching at the high school level.  She is an honor graduate and a three-sport athletic alumnus of Georgetown College.  She holds a master's degree from the University of Kentucky and serves on the NAIA national ratings committee and is the Mid-South Region volleyball chair.  She is past president of the Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was recently named the Kentucky Women's Sports Foundation Coach of the Year.  She was also inducted to the inaugural class of the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

 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.

Donna Hawkins accepting her award from Roger Revelle,
Senior Vice President of Tachikara USA

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