CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that Northern Illinois Huskies Head Coach Ray Gooden has been voted the 2012 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year by the fellow coaches of the conference.
Gooden led the Huskies to a 10-6 conference record in 2012, while going 21-14 overall. The 10-6 record seeded the Huskies as the fourth-seed in the 2012 MAC Volleyball tournament, where they made a run through No. 5 Akron and No. 1 Ohio, before eventually falling in five sets to Bowling Green in the championship match. It marked the third consecutive year that the huskies have reached the MAC Championship.
For Gooden, it marks his second consecutive MAC Coach of the Year award and his third overall having shared the award with Ohio’s Jeff Carlston in 2006. During the 2012 campaign Gooden picked up his 100th career MAC victory as well as his 200th victory while at NIU in just 11 seasons, moving him into seventh place on the all-time wins list with 205.
The 2012 honor is the fifth time that a Northern Illinois coach has garnered the award since its inception in 1983. Pete Waite earned NIU’s first award in 1997, followed by, then Northern Illinois Head Coach, Todd Kress in 2001, and current head coach Ray Gooden, picking up the award in 2006, 2011 and 2012.