The Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team claimed two of the conference's four postseason awards on Tuesday while four student-athletes earned All-NWC accolades. Kevin Aoki was named the NWC Coach of the Year for the ninth time with Kiana Calles earning NWC Player of the Year. Calles additionally earned First Team All-NWC honors while Caylie Shiramizu, Chloe Epker, and Mackenzie Harris all landed Second Team accolades.
Aoki lands Coach of the Year after guiding the Lutes (20-4, 14-2 NWC) to the conference title and the program's 11th berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. It is the 10th time under the 22-year tenure of Aoki that the Lutes have hoisted the league title. Aoki, who owns a 393-176 record at the helm, has previously won NWC Coach of the Year accolades in 1999, 2004, from 2006-2009, and from 2012-2013.
Kevin Aoki, who has led Pacific Lutheran to Northwest Conference championships in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012, has posted a 302-143 record in 17 years as head coach of his alma maters volleyball program.
Since taking over the PLU coaching job in 1996, Aoki has been named NWC Coach of the Year seven times (1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012) and the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year three times (1999, 2004 and 2007).
The Hawaii native came to the Pacific Lutheran volleyball program in the fall of 1996 with a wealth of high school coaching experience. He led the Bethel High School program for 12 seasons with nine of his teams qualifying for the state tournament.
Aoki, 49, received his bachelors degree in physical education in 1984 from Pacific Lutheran University. While attending PLU, Aoki served as volunteer assistant coach of the womens volleyball program in 1983. He also played on the Lute mens club team. He earned his masters in Educational Technology from City University in 1995. In high school, Aoki attended Iolani School in Honolulu, where as a defensive specialist he helped his team to a second-place finish in the boys prep state volleyball tournament.
Tim Templin will, for the 18th consecutive year, serve as the top assistant for PLU volleyball head coach Kevin Aoki.
Templin earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran in 1986 and his teaching certification and masters degree in education from PLU in 1996. He is active in numerous volleyball camps and clinics throughout the state.
A teacher at Kalles Junior High School, Templin lives in Puyallup.
Former Pacific Lutheran volleyball standout Sarah Beaver returns to the program as an assistant coach for the 2013 season.
Beaver, a 2011 PLU graduate, played for the Lutes from 2007-10 and was a three-year starter at setter. She twice was a first team all-conference selection and earned honorable mention All-America recognition following the 2009 season.