Ricks College volleyball coach JoAnn Reeve was named the 2001 Tachikara/AVCA Junior College/Community College National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, in conjunction with Tachikara USA Inc. (The Church-owned school is now BYU-Idaho, but the school's athletic teams are still Ricks College Vikings until the end of the junior college athletic season when intercollegiate athletics will phase out at BYU-Idaho.)
She was honored Dec. 13 in San Diego, Calif., at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet, which was held in conjunction with the 2001 AVCA National Convention.
"It was a thrill," Coach Reeve said during a telephone interview. "I'm still shocked. We work hard every year. The teams we've played respected the great teams we've had and decided that this should be an honor I should have because I'm not coaching anymore. I'm really proud that my coaching friends would make that consideration."
During her 28-year coaching career at Ricks College, Coach Reeve compiled a career record of 909-283 (77 percent). She was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998. During her first year in 1973, her impact was immediate as the Lady Vikings won 29 games and lost only 13. The team won the region championship and went on to finish fourth at the NJCAA tournament. The very next year, in only her second season with Ricks, her squad went 25-4, winning the region championship for a second consecutive year. The season reached its high point when the Lady Vikings won the NJCAA championship. The Lady Vikings came close to another national title in 1990 with a second place finish at the NJCAA tournament.
In 1996, Coach Reeve was selected as the AVCA/Tachikara West Region Coach of the Year for Junior College/Community College Women's Volleyball. Her teams have won nine region titles and finished second six times. Her teams have never posted a losing record in any season. Ricks College has posted at least 30 wins in each of the past 16 seasons. The Lady Vikings' current season ended with a loss to the College of Southern Idaho in the Region 18 tournament, but they still produced a 32-14 overall record.
In her 28 years, Coach Reeve has coached 12 All-Americans, eight of them earning First Team All-American status. She came to Ricks College in 1970 to teach physical education. Since her arrival she has coached badminton, tennis, softball, track and field, and basketball, as well as volleyball. She has served as chairwoman of the WICAC and has been a member of the AVCA since it was formed.
Also honored during the banquet was BYU women's volleyball Coach Elaine Michaelis, who was given the 2001 All Time Great Coach award last May by USA Volleyball. "It meant a lot to me to be recognized in front of my collegiate volleyball friends," she said.
She added she had been unable to attend the award presentation last spring by USA Volleyball so it was "extra special" to be remembered at the banquet in San Diego.