Nebraska Volleyball Practice in Minneapolis, 12.06

Nebraska head coach John Cook instructs the team as they prepare for a NCAA Tournament match earlier this month against Kentucky during practice at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.

A national volleyball publication has named Nebraska coach John Cook its coach of the year for the 2018 season.

VolleyballMag.com released its awards on Wednesday and named Cook coach of the year. Cook helped lead the Huskers to the national championship match earlier this month; the Huskers lost to Stanford in five sets.

Nebraska's starting lineup included two freshmen and a transfer, and the team was a work in progress for most of the season. After losing six matches during the regular season, Nebraska entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed but came within a few points of repeating as national champions. In the second and third weeks of the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska defeated 10th-seeded Kentucky, 15th-seeded Oregon and third-seeded Illinois to reach the championship match.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association previously named BYU coach Heather Olmstead its NCAA Division I coach of the year.

VolleyballMag.com waits until the season is over to pick its award winners, while the AVCA announces its winners prior to the NCAA Final Four. The volleyball publications panel of voters includes coaches, media and close followers of the sport.

In 19 years as Nebraska head coach, Cook has coached four national championship teams. The Huskers have also been national runner-up twice with Cook as coach. His overall record at Nebraska is 560-76.

Nebraska also had three players earn All-American honors from VolleyballMag.com. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and middle blocker Lauren Stivrins each made the first-team, the same awards they received from the AVCA. Libero Kenzie Maloney was chosen for the second-team, after earning third-team honors from the AVCA.

Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer was the player of the year by both VolleyballMag.com and the AVCA.

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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