GREENVILLE, Ill. -- With the most recent Panther volleyball victory at Principia Saturday, head coach Tom Ackerman was credited with his 200th career coaching win. In 12 years as head coach, Ackerman has taken a team which accrued an average of 9.5 wins per season over its previous six seasons and nearly doubled its average number of victories per year with 17 wins a season in the last 11 years.
The past nine years have been particularly noteworthy for the volleyball program as they have gone 162-90, producing three straight league championships, four consecutive appearances in the SLIAC tournament championship match, seven straight appearances in the conference tournament, one SLIAC tournament championship, and the program's first qualification for the NCAA national tournament in 2010. The 2010 unit posted a program-best 18 consecutive wins and was the first female team in school history to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Since 2002, Greenville College volleyball has obtained three conference player of the year honors (Jessica Dothager twice and Corinne Coon). GC has had the SLIAC newcomer of the year on three occasions (Kaitlin Feyerabend, Tricia Gall, and Coon), and Kerry Hammer has been the conference defensive player of the year. During this same time span, Ackerman has received three SLIAC coach of the year awards. The squad has produced 40 all-conference recognitions.
"This win reminds me of all the incredible players I've had the honor of coaching and of the amazing coaches I have worked with over the years," said Ackerman. "I love this program, and I look forward to another 200 wins at GC."
The 2013 team has posted a record of 13-3 to this point in the season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play, and is on target to host its third SLIAC volleyball tournament in the last four years.