Coaches Association Names MDC’s Benoit as Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Head Coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit, Lady Sharks Volleyball
Miami, December 16, 2009 - When it comes to winning, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) women’s volleyball team is nearly unstoppable. The team’s accomplishments include a near-perfect 2009 season and numerous state and national championship appearances.
Now, its coach has added to that winning tradition. Coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit’s was recently selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Two-Year College Southeast Region as Coach of the Year.
Benoit began his coaching career at MDC as an assistant coach in 1994 before being named head coach in 2005 when he replaced the legendary Ilida Medero.
Over the years, he has been consistently honored by his peers for his coaching ability and most recently for successfully leading the women’s volleyball team to the 2009 Southern Conference Championship where the team finished the conference undefeated (12-0) for the fourth consecutive season.
The MDC volleyball team is regarded as the most successful in the history of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), having captured eight national championships and finishing as national runners-up 10 times.
The team has failed to qualify for the national tournament only once since the College joined the NJCAA in 1976. The Lady Sharks entered the NJCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship as the No. 5 seed, and finished the tournament by defeating Iowa Western Community College in the fifth-place match. Miami Dade was ranked seventh in the final NJCAA Division I Poll, and finished the season with a 32-5 record.
This year’s AVCA award marks the second such honor for Benoit, his other coming in his first year as head coach in 2005. Other honors Benoit has received include Southern Conference Coach of the Year and Florida Community College Activities Association Coach of the Year.
“I’m honored to receive such recognition from my peers,” said Benoit. “We have a great tradition here at MDC because of the caliber of players and coaches that preceded me. This is a proud moment for me and these student athletes. They’re great students, great athletes who make my job easy because they are very coachable.”
Only three NJCAA Division 1 coaches in the nation are recognized by the AVCA at the two-year college level from the Southeast/Northeast Region, the Midwest Region and the West Region.
The AVCA awards will be officially presented at the AVCA’s annual convention and Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.
For more information about MDC Athletics, visit www.mdc.edu/athletics.
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