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Phoenix Named NFCA NJCAA Division II Coaching Staff of Year

Phoenix College head coach Heinz Mueller and assistant coaches Hank Schrader, Christa Pfeninger and Dallas Kuhlman have been named the NFCA NJCAA Division II Coaching Staff of the Year, the association announced Monday afternoon. 

Mueller and his staff will be honored at the 2007 NFCA National Convention which will be held Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton. 

The coaching staff won national honors for the third straight year after the squad won its fourth straight NJCAA Division II national title in its eighth consecutive national tournament appearance. 

Phoenix, who finished with a 53-13 record, also claimed south region coaching staff of the year honors. Other regional winners were as follows: 

Midwest Region 
Parkland College 
Head Coach: Chuck Clutts 
Assistant Coach: Brooke Freeman 

Clutts and Freeman guided Parkland College to a sixth consecutive appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament, where the Cobras finished sixth after a 45-17 record. 

East Region 
Lansing Community College 
Head Coach: Bob Every 
Assistant Coach: Jerry Murphy and Robert Dunham 

Every and his staff guided Lansing Community College to a 48-6 mark that resulted in another trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, where it finished fifth.