Clarke University Head Women's Volleyball Coach Chris Miron
has been named the recipient of the 2012 Midwest Collegiate Conference NAIA Coach of Character Award.
This annual award is given to a head coach of a member institution who has been outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, using methods of teaching character through sport, and in community leadership through volunteering or service.
"Chris exemplifies the five core values of the NAIA: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship," said Clarke Athletic Director Curt Long. "He has led his program to success on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."
Each year, Miron's teams have been involved in exceptional campus and community service projects, including CHAMPS Play Day at the Dubuque Boys and Girls Club, Trick-or-Treating for the Dubuque Food Shelf, and the Team Tutor Service Project at Audubon Elementary School. Miron served as Clarke's CHAMPS advisor for three years and his group led several student highway clean-up projects for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Miron completed his seventh season with the women's volleyball program last fall. He served as the university's men's volleyball program for three years.
Miron's women's team had the highest winning percentage in school history in 2007 and 2008, and his 2006 men's team ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 15.
In the classroom, Miron's teams have performed exceptionally well, being named NAIA Scholar Teams each of the last four years. Miron's 2010 squad tied for the third highest GPA nationally.
Miron is a native of Dawson, Minnesota.