AVCA selects WU's Herron as regional Coach of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Washburn Lady Blues head volleyball coach Chris Herron was selected as Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the group announced Tuesday (Nov. 20).

In his sixth season as the head coach of Washburn, Herron has built a volleyball powerhouse. The Lady Blues began the season as the preseason No. 8 team in the CSTV/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll, but has steadily risen throughout the weeks to reach as high as No. 4, the best ranking in program history.

In 2007, Herron has guided the Lady Blues to a 37-3 record, along with a 12-1 mark in the West Division of the MIAA, marking the first time the Lady Blues have gone through the season without a loss to either Truman or Central Missouri.

After ending the 2006 campaign with a 27-9 overall record and a No. 23 final national ranking, Herron has led Washburn to its first regional championship, becoming the program's all-time winningest coach along the way.

The Lady Blues earned the right to host the 2007 Division II National Championships and will face off against defending national champion Tampa (Fla.) in the quarterfinals Nov. 29 at Lee Arena.

This honor marks the first AVCA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year award for Herron.

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