Stanford head men's volleyball coach John Kosty has been named the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday. He also took home the honor in 2010 when he led the Cardinal to the program's second national title.
Kosty has guided the 2014 Stanford team to a 23-8 season record (.742) entering the NCAA Tournament, where the team is two wins from a third national championship.
Stanford, which is in the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2010, overcame a rocky 6-7 start to the season by going on a conference-best 13-match winning streak to reach the finals of the MPSF tournament. During that stretch, Stanford defeated nine top-10 teams, including six which were ranked in the top 6.
Entering the national semifinals this Thursday, Stanford owns the second-best team hitting percentage in the nation and is tops in the MPSF at .337, while allowing its opponents to hit just .233. The Cardinal also ranks in the top five nationally in assists (3rd), kills (4th) and digs (5th).
Kosty holds a 144-90 career coaching record and has produced at least one AVCA first team All-American in each of the past seven seasons. In 2014, senior Brian Cook garnered those honors. Also earning All-America accolades this season were senior Steven Irvin (second team), sophomore James Shaw (second team) and sophomore Conrad Kaminski (honorable mention).
Kosty has brought the Stanford men's volleyball program an incredible distance since taking over at the helm in 2007. In his fourth year in 2010, as part of the three-year transformation "worst to first" campaign, he coached a national championship team which won 24 matches. The squad improved its overall and conference win total after each of his first four years. The 2010 season also resulted in Kosty earning the AVCA National Coach of the Year recognition.
Nationally No. 3-seeded Stanford will take on No. 2 seed BYU in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday in Chicago. The Cardinal and Cougars will square-off at 4 p.m. PT in Gentile Arena on the campus of Loyoloa-Chicago. Stanford is 0-3 against BYU this season.