Above: Haverford head volleyball coach Amy Bergin
Amy Bergin Named AVCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year; Three Fords' Earn All-Region Status
Bergin set a goal for her team at the start of the 2007 season to make the CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll. She and her team accomplished that goal and more, as Haverford is currently ranked No. 16 and was ranked as high as No. 11 for four consecutive weeks during the season. Bergin has led her team to a 30-2 overall record and a 9-1 Centennial Conference record. Haverford also won the conference title for the second consecutive year, receiving the conference's automatic bid.
In her six years at Haverford, Bergin has put together a 132-49 record, has made six consecutive conference tournament appearances. This is the first time Bergin has won the AVCA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year award.
"I am honestly quite surprised to have been nominated, let alone receive this distinction," said Bergin. "If it wasn't for the players knowing how to succeed and making sure they do, my name would have never even been discussed to receive this award. It also doesn't hurt to have the best assistant coach in the region (Shannan Smith) working by my side. This award is as much the team's and Shannan's as it is mine."
The AVCA All-Region first team selection is the second consecutive for Rebecca Salvo, while Rachel, the 2007 Centennial Player of the Year, earned her first designation. Senior setter and Centennial assists record holder Emily Hinchcliff was also named honorable mention All-Region. Hinchcliff was also named Second Team Academic All-District II by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
"All three of our All-Region players are awesome," noted Bergin. "That's all that needs to be said about them. They are simply awesome players, people and students. I'm lucky to have had the opportunuty to coach them."
The Fords' defeated DeSales 3-0 Thursday night in opening round action of the NCAA D-III Mid-Atlantic Volleyball Regional Tournament, and will face off against Elizabethtown Friday night at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinal at Gooding Arena.