2010 AVCA Division I Region Coaches of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The following coaches have been selected by their region as the 2010 AVCA Division I Region Coach of the Year. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the 2010 AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the 2010 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.
AVCA Division I Central Region Coach of the Year
Jerritt Elliott, The University of Texas
2010 Record: 25-5, 18-2 Big 12 Conference
In his 10th season as head coach of the Longhorns, Jerritt Elliott led the The University of Texas to its fifth consecutive NCAA regional appearance this year. The Longhorns ended the regular season ranked eighth in the country, which was good enough for the ninth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. With wins over UTSA and UCLA in the first two rounds, Texas extended its winning streak to 17 matches and has now had four straight seasons with at least 25 wins. Elliott's strong 2010 campaign netted him the Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year award, sharing the honor with Nebraska's John Cook. His players received plenty of Big 12 accolades, as well, with senior AVCA All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette being named the Big 12 Player of the Year, becoming the second straight Longhorn to receive the distinction. He won the AVCA Division I Pacific Region Coach of the Year for the first time in 2000 while at the University of Southern California. This is his third Division I Central Region Coach of the Year honor since joining Texas (2004, 2007).
AVCA Division I East Region Coach of the Year
Jolene Nagel, Duke University
2010 Record: 26-6, 16-4 Atlantic Coast Conference
Jolene Nagel, in her twelfth season as the head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils, has guided her team to a season full of great success. For the first time since 1994, and only the second time in program history, the Blue Devils have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. Duke is competing in its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament, a record for the program, with nine total appearances under the leadership of Nagel. With an impressive overall record of 26-6 and 16-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, the Blue Devils collected their third ACC title in the past five years and tenth crown overall. Nagel was tabbed the 2010 ACC Coach of the Year for the third time in her career, also securing the honor in 2001 and 2006, and also produced the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, along with a school-record five Blue Devils earning spots on the All-ACC Volleyball Team. This marks Nagel's third AVCA Division I East Region Coach of the Year award, the first two coming in 2000 and 2006.
AVCA Division I Mideast Region Coach of the Year
Russ Rose, Penn State University
2010 Record: 28-5, 16-4 Big Ten Conference
Continuing his legacy in his 32nd year at the helm of Penn State University women's volleyball program, Russ Rose has successfully continued to push the Nittany Lions to new heights. With his eighth straight Big Ten title and 14th overall, Rose has improved his overall career record of 1,029-164 and is leading Penn State down the same road to success that was seen last season before winning its third straight NCAA Division I Championship. Rose was named the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season while producing the both the 2010 Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year. Penn State will move on to the third round of NCAA Tournament play for the 22nd time, facing Oklahoma this Friday with a 28-5 overall record. The AVCA Hall of Fame inductee has led the Nittany Lions to 28 conference crowns, with four national titles under his belt from 1999, 2007, 2008 and 2009. This is the fourth consecutive AVCA Division I Mideast Region Coach of the Year award for Rose and marks his fifth recognition overall, previously earning the honor in 1996, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
AVCA Division I Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Ed Allen, Tulsa University
2010 Record: 30-2, 20-0 Conference USA
In his fifth year as head coach at Tulsa University, Ed Allen guided his team to their best season in program history. After finishing the regular season with a 30-2 record and winning the Conference USA Championship by not losing a single match, the Golden Hurricane advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by sweeping 13th-seeded LSU. In conference play, Tulsa lost just seven sets this year, giving them the first undefeated season in Conference USA action since Louisville posted a 13-0 mark in 2004. Allen was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year, and he also had a league-best six all-conference selections, including the Player of the Year and Setter of the Year. This is Allen's first AVCA Division I Midwest Region Coach of the Year award.
AVCA Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year
Kelly Sheffield, University of Dayton
2010 Record: 28-4, 17-0 Atlantic 10 Conference
Kelly Sheffield led the Flyers to their first unblemished 17-0 Atlantic 10 Conference record as back-to-back regular season and tournament champions. After taking care of Butler in straight sets in their NCAA Tournament opener, Ohio State ended their season with a second round upset. However, the tough loss should hardly take away from the extremely successful season they enjoyed. This was the Flyers' fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and Dayton was the only seed in the tournament to come out of a one-bid conference. He coached two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Lindsay Fletemier, as well as Setter of the Year and conference tournament MVP Jessica Yanz. Prior to the OSU loss, Dayton held a 22-match winning streak, which was good for the fourth-longest winning streak in the country at the time. Sheffield earned A-10 Co-Coach of the Year honors for the first time, and can now add his first AVCA Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year award to the 2010 campaign.
AVCA Division I Pacific Region Coach of the Year
Rich Feller, University of California
2010 Record: 27-3, 15-3 Pac-10 Conference
In his 12th season as head coach of the Golden Bears, Rich Feller led Cal to their first Pac-10 Championship. The squad is on its way to the NCAA regional semifinal after taking care of Utah State and North Carolina in the first two rounds, giving the program five consecutive appearances in an NCAA regional semifinal. Feller was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year (also winning it once before in 2003) for coaching his team to a school-record ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and a program-best fifth straight 20-win season. Under Feller's guidance, three Cal players were named to the 2010 Pac-10 All-Conference team, which was the first time three players had been selected in the same year in program history. This is his second time he has won the AVCA Division I Pacific Region Coach of the Year award, his first nod coming in 2003.
AVCA Division I South Region Coach of the Year
Mary Wise, University of Florida
2010 Record: 29-1, 20-0 Southeastern Conference
Since becoming the Gators' head coach 20 years ago, Mary Wise has been no stranger to conference dominance. That didn't change this year, as the University of Florida finished a perfect 20-0 in Southeastern Conference play and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Gators advanced to NCAA regional play for the 19th time out of her 20 years and defeated South Carolina State then Florida State in the first two rounds. On her way to earning her 700th career victory, Wise coached SEC Player of the Year Kelly Murphy, while earning SEC Coach of the Year honors herself. Wise had a total of six players earn All-SEC recognition, including three First-Team selections. Now added to her resume is her sixth AVCA Division I South Region Coach of the Year award (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003).
AVCA Division I West Region Coach of the Year
Carolyn Zimmerman, Cal State Fullerton
2010 Record: 26-6, 14-2 Big West Conference
In her ninth season as the head coach of the Cal State Fullerton women's volleyball program, Carolyn Zimmerman has guided the Titans to a historic season. Never seeing higher than the fifth place spot in the Big West Conference standings, the Titans pushed their way to the top spot, collecting the first Big West Championship in the program's history. The record breaking did not stop there, as Zimmerman and Cal State Fullerton went on to gain the highest amount of overall wins in program history with 26 and the most conference victories with 14, along with being ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll for the first time ever at the 25th spot. With an outstanding record of 26-6 and 14-2 in Big West play, the Titans appeared in NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, but fell in the first round to Colorado State. Zimmerman was named the 2010 Big West Coach of the Year and is receiving AVCA Division I West Region Coach of the Year honors for the first time.