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Nina Matthies Named Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year


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Dec. 10, 2003

MALIBU, CA -- For the third time in her 21-years as head coach of the Pepperdine Waves, Nina Matthies was named Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year, officials announced today. She shares the honor with California's Rich Feller.

Each of the honorees will represent their region on the National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet in New Orleans on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the 2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention. Among the ten selections are five coaches, including Matthies, who have led their teams to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year
Nina Matthies, Pepperdine University
2003 Record: 27-2 (14-0 West Coast Conference)

Matthies has led Pepperdine into the NCAA Regional Semifinals with a school-record 27 wins (27-2) and a perfect 14-0 record in the West Coast Conference for the third straight year. The Waves are ranked an all-time best fourth in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Pepperdine has won 25 straight matches, which smashes the previous school record of 17 consecutive victories. The Waves have won eight of 10 matches versus current nationally ranked teams in 2003. Matthies, who has earned the Tachikara/AVCA Region Coach of the Year three times (1999, 2002, 2003), was tabbed WCC Coach of the Year for the third straight season and fifth time in six years. Matthies holds a 411-235 record in 20 seasons with the Waves, including 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Rich Feller, University of California
2003 Record: 25-6 (12-6 Pacific 10 Conference)

Feller has guided California to its first-ever NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" berth with a 25-6 record. The Bears finished with a 23-6 regular-season record, the best regular-season winning percentage (.793) in school history. California also captured a school-record 12 Pac-10 matches and posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. This fall has been record-breaking for Cal - winning 16 consecutive matches to start the season, defeating Stanford for the first time since 1982, earning its highest national ranking ever (No. 5 on Oct. 13), and now advancing further in postseason than any other team in school history. California is 6-6 against current nationally ranked teams. Feller also earned AVCA Region Coach of the Year in 1987 while at Colorado State.



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