Rich Feller Named 2003 Tachikara/AVCA Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year
Dec. 11, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - University of California volleyball coach Rich Feller has been named 2003 Tachikara/AVCA Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year, while junior outside hitter Mia Jerkov was named to the Pacific All-Region Team for the second year in-a-row. Feller shared regional coach of the year honors with Pepperdine's Nina Matthies, whose son, Marty, is a freshman on the Cal men's water polo team. He is the first Cal volleyball coach to earn regional coach of the year honors.
Feller, who was earlier named 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has guided Cal to its first-ever NCAA Tournament 'Sweet 16' berth with a 25-6 record. The Bears finished with a 23-6 regular-season record, the best regular-season winning percentage (.793) in school history. Cal also captured a school-record 12 Pac-10 matches and posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. This fall has been record-breaking for Cal - winning 16 consecutive matches to start the season, defeating Stanford for the first time since 1982, earning its highest national ranking ever (No. 5 on Oct. 13), and now advancing further in postseason than any other team in school history. Cal is 6-6 against current nationally ranked teams. Feller also earned AVCA Region Coach of the Year in 1987 while at Colorado State.
The Bears are led by All-American Jerkov, a 2003 All-Pac-10 selection, who has been Pac-10 Player of the Week four times this season, was the Oct. 13 AVCA National Player of the Week, and has recorded 30 or more kills 13 times in her college career. She currently has a school-record 669 kills this season and leads the Pac-10 in points (751.5) and kills per game (5.97). Jerkov is the first Cal volleyball player to be named to the all-region team in consecutive years.