Cleveland, Ohio - Tachikara and the American Volleyball Coaches Association are pleased to announce that Wilfred Navalta of BYU-Hawaii has been selected as the 1996 Tachikara/AVCA NAIA National Coach of the Year.
Navalta led the Seasiders to their third consecutive national championship,and its fifth in the last six years, compiling a 96-7 overall record inthe last three seasons. BYU-Hawaii compiled a 30-1 overall record this season with victories over Point Loma Nazarene (twice), Columbia (Mo.), St. Edward's and Madonna in the NAIA. The Seasiders posted wins versus Division II powers Northern Michigan, Barry, North Dakota State and Regis. BYU-Hawaii also defeated the Nittaidai Japanese national team in an exhibition, a team that had previously defeated UCLA and USC.
The 1995 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year, Navalta led the team to tournament titles at the Asics/Wildcat Invitational, the Colorado Challenge and the national championship.
In his 12 seasons at BYU-Hawaii Navalta has amassed a 290-59 career record. This season the Seasiders claimed their seventh national championship, tying island-rival Hawaii-Hilo for the most titles in the NAIA.
Tachikara will formally present the Coach of the Year awards on Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, in Cleveland, Ohio. The luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, is held in conjunction with the 1996 AVCA National Convention.