Dec. 3, 2008
In his first year as the head coach of the Eastern Washington University volleyball team, Miles Kydd has been named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year. He was selected by his fellow conference coaches after leading the Eagles to the league’s regular-season title as well as a berth in the conference’s championship match.
Kydd becomes the first Eagle head coach to be named Big Sky Coach of the Year since Wade Benson shared the 2006 award with Weber State’s Al Givens. As Benson also shared the 2002 honor with Sacramento State’s Debby Colberg, the last Eagle head coach to earn outright Coach of the Year honors was Pam Parks, currently Eastern’s senior woman administrator, in 1989.
Eastern Washington went 18-11, 12-4 in Big Sky play this year to claim the team’s first regular-season crown since 2004. The Eagles also played in the league’s championship match for the eighth time in the past nine years. Eastern finished 2008 on a strong note, claiming wins in 12 of its last 14 contests.
Individual awards earned by players competing for Kydd included a Big Sky Most Valuable Player, Hayley Hills, as well as a second team honoree, Chenoa Coviare, and three who received honorable mention accolades, Alysha Cook, Ashley Hamilton and Mandy Daniels. Hills also earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors on four occasions this year.
Kydd, who had served as assistant coach for the Eagles the previous four years, was selected in January as the program’s fifth head coach since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 1983.