Mike Gawlik named MAC Coach of the Year


Central Michigan head coach Mike Gawlik watches as his team gets swept by Eastern Michigan Nov. 7 at McGuirk Arena.

Central Michigan volleyball coach Mike Gawlik has been named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.

In his fourth season with the Chippewas, Gawlik led the team to a 21-7 regular-season record, boasting a 10-5 mark within the conference. 

The 10-5 record earned his team a share of the MAC West title – the program's first since 2003. 

After going 7-21 a season ago, the Chippewas won their first seven conference matches as part of a 12-game winning streak that was the longest of any team in the MAC. 

The Chippewas were unbeaten against rival Western Michigan and 8-3 at home, which was the best mark since Gawlik took over.

The Chippewas are the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament, which runs from Nov. 21-24. They will first take the court at 7 p.m. Saturday against either Bowling Green, Akron or Buffalo.