St. Thomas' Thanh Pham, who led the Tommies to the conference title and a top-25 national ranking for the last two-thirds of the season, was named NCAA Central Region Volleyball Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Pham just concluded his 15th season with the Tommies and has a 398-106 record here. His teams have three region titles among 12 NCAA playoff appearances -- including the 2012 NCAA Division III championship -- and have also won 10 regular-season and six playoff crowns in the conference.
Pham led St. Thomas to a 10-1 record in the conference race and a 25-7 final mark in 2017. The Toms lost all-conference libero Ellie Meyer to a season-endng injury in October. They lost their final two matches by 3-2 decisions.
Senior middle Whitney Lloyd was among 14 players named to the All-Central Region team. Lloyd, who has built a 3.86 gpa in Biochemistry, played in 113 career matches and compiled 905 kills, a .288 attack percentage, 250 digs and 307 blocks. St. Thomas has an 80-40 record in her era. This season, Lloyd had 73 blocks, 279 kills and a .331 attack percentage.