COLUMBIA, MO -- Oklahoma City University head coach Phil McSpaddenand his assistant coaches, Jana Ivy and Harold Copas, have been named the2001 Speedline/NFCA NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year.
McSpadden, Ivy and Copas guided OCU to a 56-12 record and its secondconsecutive NAIA championship. Under McSpadden, the Stars have won six ofthe last eight NAIA titles.
The OCU staff was selected by its peers as the Speedline/NFCA NAIASouthwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year and was then placed on thenational coaching staff of the year ballot. The OCU coaches will berecognized as the 2001 Speedline/NFCA NAIA National Coaching Staff of theYear at the NFCA National Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, in December.
Other Speedline top regional coaching staffs, as selected by theircoaching peers, are:
University of Mobile (AL) Mary Ann Jennings, Head Coach
Hagan Boothe, Student Assistant
Mobile was 38-15 this year and finished fourth at the NAIA National tournament.Jennings
led the team to its ninth appearance at nationals in the last 10 years and its
third fourth-place finish.Mobile was the No. 1 seed in Region XIII
and won that title with a 4-0 win over Georgia Southwestern.
Great Lakes Region
Transylvania University (KY)
Kelley Anderson, Head Coach
Darrell Hunter, Assistant
Transylvania University completed its most successful season in history this spring,
winning a school-record 38 games against five losses and a tie. Anderson,
completing her fourth season as Pioneers' head coach, led the team to a new school record
for wins for the third year in a row.
Midwest RegionMcKendree College (IL)Evelyn Bean, Head Coach
Don Loberg, Assistant
McKendree was 34-18 this year. The Bearcats won the American Midwest Conference regular
season and postserason tournament titles and were the No.1 seed in the Region V Tournament,
where they lost to Culver-Stockton in the championship game.
Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)
Dave Williams, Head Coach
LeeAnn Taylor and Tara Kelly, Assistants
Point Loma Nazarene was 42-11 this season and posted a fifth-place finish at the NAIA
national tournament in Williams' fourth year as head coach. The Lady Crusaders were the
No. 3 seed in Region II but upset No. 2 seed Azusa Pacific in the opening round and then
posted two wins over 1 seed Biolato earn its first-ever trip to NAIA nationals.