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NFCA Names Speedline Junior College Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year

COLUMBIA, MO -- Four NJCAA coaching staffs have been named Speedline Regional Coaching Staffs of the year by vote of NFCA member coaches in each region. The 1999 Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for NJCAA junior colleges will be announced on June 28.

Here are the 1999 Speedline NJCAA Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year:

East Region

Delaware Tech CC (Owens) 
Michelle West, Head Coach

Michelle West's Delaware Tech CC team was under .500 at the end of the regular season but a strong performance in postseason (first in NJCAA region 19, second in NJCAA District A) enabled them to finish with a 14-14 record. Four of West's players earned All-Region honors. Her assistant coach is Robert Perry.

South Region

Lake City CC (FL) 
Jim Webb, Head Coach

Head coach Jim Webb and assistant coach Windy Weltz guided Lake City to a 69-6 overall record and second place in this year's NJCAA Nationals in Hutchinson, Kansas. Lake City broke 35 school records, including most RBIs (617), most home runs (112), most runs (657) and most hits (878) in LCCC history. This year's team yielded five All-Americans and boasted the NJCAA leader in home runs and RBIs. Lake City was the champion of NJCAA Region Eight.

Midwest Region

St. Louis CC/Meramec (MO) 
Celeste Knierim and Vicki Schneider, Co-Coaches

Under the guidance of co-coaches Celeste Knierim and Vicki Schneider, St. Louis CC/Meramec won the championship of the Midwest Junior College Athletic Association with a 14-0 league record and finished 41-15 overall. Meramec won the Region 16 Championship and finished fourth at NJCAA nationals. This year's squad produced four All-Conference players, five all-Region selectsions and two NFCA All-Americans. Knierim posted her 800th coaching win this season and was inducted into the NJCAA Hallof Fame. Schneider is a recipient of the St. Louis woman's Sport Achievement Award from the St. Louis Sports Commission.

West Region

Central Arizona CC 
Craig Nicholson, Head Coach

Craig Nicholson and his assistant coach, Sandra Langston, led CAC to a 69-10 record at the NJCAA National Championship. Central Arizona also won the NJCAA Region 1 title. Nicholson was named the "Coach of the Tournament" at nationals. Three of his players made the All-National Tournament team and a fourth was named National Tournament MVP.