COLUMBIA, MO -- Oklahoma City University head coach Phil McSpadden and his assistant coaches, Jana Ivy and Harold Copas, have been named the 2001 Speedline/NFCA NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year.
McSpadden, Ivy and Copas guided OCU to a 56-12 record and its second consecutive NAIA championship. Under McSpadden, the Stars have won six of the last eight NAIA titles.
The OCU staff was selected by its peers as the Speedline/NFCA NAIA Southwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year and was then placed on the national coaching staff of the year ballot. The OCU coaches will be recognized as the 2001 Speedline/NFCA NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year at the NFCA National Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, in December.
Other Speedline top regional coaching staffs, as selected by their coaching 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 Region McKendree 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 Biola to earn its first-ever trip to NAIA nationals.