Volleyball’s Gooden wins MAC Coach of the Year for fourth time


NIU head coach Ray Gooden (right) speaks with junior outside hitter T’ara Austin and junior defensive specialist Malia Gabel on Saturday at Victor E. Court. NIU went winless in the Huskie Invitational after losing three consecutive games.

By Northern Star staff

Volleyball head coach Ray Gooden has been named the MAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

The honor comes after the Huskies lost to Ohio in the MAC Championship on Sunday despite winning their regular season championship and going 19-11 on the season. This year marked NIU’s third regular season title and MAC Championship berth.

“I’d like to acknowledge Don Gromala at Kent State for an amazing year, Deane [Webb] at Ohio for a great run and Miami Coach Carolyn Condit for her team’s success,” Gooden said, according to an NIU Athletics news release. “I want to thank associate head coach Lynnette Moster, assistant coach Matt Sprague and Sam Grams for their great work, along with our support staff and administration. Most importantly, thanks to the team for their dedicated work and culture. This is a program award.”

Gooden has led the Huskies to six-straight 10-plus win seasons and has recorded 264 wins at NIU. He is two victories away from former coach Pete Waite’s all-time school record.