By Alexis De La Cruz |Staff Writer|
This year was just one of many great seasons for Coyote volleyball.
The sport that has been a part of our school since 1984 and has had a long history of ups and downs.
The history of this program is unique compared to others at CSUSB because there have only been two coaches throughout the 33 years the team has been around.
The first coach to lead the Coyotes in the NCAA Division III was Naomi Ruderman, who led the team to a 9-4 overall season record in her first year.
Ruderman’s best season saw the Coyotes finish with a record of 36-8 overall.
During her six years as head coach, the team made five NCAA West Regional appearances.
Current head coach Kim Cherniss took over the team in 1991, making the upcoming season her 27th with CSUSB.
Cherniss hit a rough patch in the first couple years as the team did not make a NCAA West appearance for the first seven years.
Her worst season was in 1992 with just six wins, but year after year Cherniss worked hard to turn things around.
In 2001, the Coyotes made CSUSB history by winning their first CCAA title, with 20 wins and only three losses overall.
By 2003 the team had won the CCAA title back to back to back and made it to the NCAA semi-finals. The Coyotes success has continued to flourish under Cherniss, as the Coyotes have won a total of 11 CCAA Championships and six NCAA Region Championships.
The team has come close to a NCAA National Title on multiple occasions.
With two trips to the NCAA National Championships in 2008 and 2011, the Coyotes are due for a national title.
Cherniss herself has collected numerous titles while at CSUSB.
Six CCAA Coach of the year awards and an equal number of AVCA West Region Coach of the Year awards.
Individual players have also earned their spots in the history books.
A Coyote has won CCAA Player of the Year in seven seasons from 2001-2011 and CCAA Freshman of the Year in 2004 (Sharea Drawn) and in 2005 (Traci Weamerand).
The program has left a significant mark in CCAA and NCAA history.
This year was another solid season for a team always playing to win it all.
For the first time in three years, the Coyotes reclaimed the CCAA title.
The team finished with 25 wins and just five losses overall.
CSUSB hosted and won the CCAA Tournament this past November.
Cherniss and the Coyotes are already preparing for success in the upcoming 2017 season.
Preseason for the team starts in September with two early tournaments.
Coyotes will travel to Colorado to face tough competition with three teams in the AVCA top-25 poll.
They will then travel to Alaska for the Division II West Region Showcase.