Bill Ferguson for the second time in the last four years is the national coach of the year.
The USC head coach was named the 2012 AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Coach of the Year on Monday after leading the Trojans to a conference regular season title and the NCAA championship match.
USC entered this season with four new starters and was projected to finish the conference in fifth place in the MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll. Ferguson, though, guided the team to the MPSF regular season title as it finished the regular season on a nation-best 18 match winning streak.
In addition, USC received the only at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Tournament and defeated Lewis in the semifinals before getting swept by UC Irvine in the championship match Saturday.
Ferguson in his sixth season as the Trojans head coach also during the regular season won his 100th career match with USC. The coach ended the season with a 109-64 career record at the school.
This is the second time Ferguson has been named National Coach of the Year after leading USC to the NCAA championship match. Ferguson received the honor in 2009 after the Trojans upset the nation’s top-two ranked teams in the MPSF Tournament to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the Final Four.