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Pacific Lutheran Named 2012 Division III Coaching Staff of the Year
Greg Seeley, Tiffany McVay, Dena Harkovitch and Dena Slye of 2012 NCAA Division III National Champion Pacific Lutheran have been named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association has announced.STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coach Erin Van Nostrand and assistant coaches
Van Nostrand led the Lutes to their best season in school history, culminating in the program's first-ever NCAA Division III national crown. Pacific Lutheran won a school record 45 games against just 11 losses and won all eight NCAA postseason games en route to the crown. The national title run was punctuated by a 3-0 win over Northwest Conference rival Linfield (46-7) in the championship game. Of Linfield's seven losses, six came against Pacific Lutheran, including two at the national tournament.
Pacific Lutheran wrapped up its berth in NCAA postseason play after winning the Northwest Conference postseason tournament as the No. 2 seed. With the conference championship in hand, the Lutes captured the automatic berth after finishing second by a one-game margin to Linfield in regular season play. This was the first postseason trip for the Lutes in eight seasons.
In just four seasons at PLU, Van Nostrand has amassed a 117-61 record, and a 218-126 overall career record in eight seasons as a head coach.
For their work this season, Van Nostrand and her staff also earned the West Region Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Other regional winners this season were:
Atlantic Region - Roanoke College
Head Coach: Mike Mitchell
Assistant Coaches: Barry Wood, Russell Gaddy, Kelsey Schmitt
Central Region - Ohio Northern University
Head Coach: Kim Burke
Assistant Coach: Tina Mangola
East Region - Montclair State University
Head Coach: Anita Kubicka
Assistant Coaches: Ryan Doty, Rich Vaccaro
Great Lakes Region - University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Head Coach: Faye Perkins
Assistant Coaches: Pam Latterell, Ashley Bertrand
Midwest Region - Luther College
Head Coach: Renae Hartl
Assistant Coaches: Tracy Hjelle, Teri Olson, Erika Randall
New England Region - Tufts University
Head Coach: Cheryl Milligan
Assistant Coaches: Marissa Myers, Kristina Tolles
Northeast Region - Plattsburgh State University
Head Coach: Stephanie Zweig
Assistant Coaches: Nicole Diemer, Mark Roberts