Western Washington University head volleyball coach Diane Flick-Williams has been named the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II West Region Coach of the Year.
This marks the third time Flick-Williams has been named the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year in her 19 seasons leading the Vikings, also earning the prestigious award in 2002 and 2007.
The Vikings are 28-3 on the season heading into the NCAA Division II quarterfinals that will be played at the NCAA II Fall Championships Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Flick-Williams helped lead Western to a perfect 20-0 record in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and a second straight conference championship.
In 19 seasons leading the program, Flick-Williams has recorded a 422-106 record (.799) with a 284-42 mark (.871) in GNAC play. She was named the 2018 GNAC Coach of the Year, the 10th time she has earned the award in her career. Earlier this season she recorded her 400th career victory, at the time becoming the 32nd coach in Division II history to reach the 400-victory milestone.
Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, WA.
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ABOUT WWU VOLLEYBALL:
The WWU volleyball program has risen to elite level by advancing to the NCAA Division II Championships in each of the last seven seasons and 13 of the last 18 dating back to the 2001 season. The winner of nine Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships, Western won the 2018 GNAC title with a perfect 20-0 record and won the 2017 championship by posting a 19-1 league. Over the last two seasons the Vikings have combined to go 55-7 and over the last four seasons are 105-21. Led by 19th-year head coach Diane Flick-Williams, the Vikings have posted a 173-36 record over the last seven seasons (.828 winning percentage) and have played in the NCAA II West Region championship match each of the last four seasons (2015-18), winning titles in 2015 and 2018. WWU played for the NCAA II national championship in 2007 finishing 2nd in the nation and advanced to the NCAA II Final Four in 2015.