Navalta wins Coach of the Year Award

LEXINGTON – BYU-Hawaii Head Coach Wilfred Navalta has been chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as their 2012 Division II National Coach of the Year.  Navalta, won the award after leading the Seasiders to the national semifinals.

Below is an excerpt from the press release issued by the AVCA:

"All of the way out in Hawai'i lies one of the top coaches in the country, and in 2012 he is honored as the best in Division II. In his 27th season at the helm of the Seasiders, Navalta has compiled an amazing 534-101 record after a stellar 2012 campaign that saw his squad go 25-4 and make an appearance in the national semifinals in Pensacaloa, Florida. They were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by the now six-time defending champion Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears.

The team was ranked first in Pacific West Conference matches with an undefeated finish of 16-0. They established themselves as one of the top teams in nation, having been ranked in the top-10 of the AVCA Coaches Poll for the vast majority of the season. Due to their excellent regular season, BYU-Hawaii was selected as the host of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Three BYUH players were named to the West All-Region Team and as AVCA All-Americans: Ying Chun Chen, Shih Ting Chen, and Lauren Hagermeyer.

Navalta has won eight NAIA National Championships and two Division II Championships during his tenure at BYUH. He was honored as National Coach of the Year in 1999 and 1996. Navalta won NAIA Regional Coach of the Year awards in 1996 and 1997, and he won the Division II West Region Coach of the Year in 1998, making 2012 his second DII Region Coach of the Year award."