For the second straight year, Clarke University Head Women's Volleyball Coach Chris Miron has been named the recipient of the Midwest Collegiate Conference NAIA Coach of Character Award.
The 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.
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 has served as Clarke's women's volleyball coach for eight years. His 2012 squad posted a school-record 28 wins, finishing 28-9 overall and advancing to the MCC semifinals. The squad's .756 winning percentage was a program record. Miron's 2008 squad posted 26 wins, which at the time was the second-highest win total in the program's history. His 2007 squad posted 25 wins and a then-record .694 winning percentage (25-11).
Miron served as the university's men's volleyball program for three years. 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 five years. Miron's 2010 squad tied for the third highest GPA nationally.
Miron is a native of Dawson, Minnesota.