The Northeast-10 Conference named its all-Conference honors which including the Bentley University coach, who lives in Watertown.
Joey Pacis, Bentley’s acting head coach, received the Sandy Hoffman Coach of the Year award. This season Bentley finished the regular season at 16-10 overall, including 15-5 against East Region opponents, and earn a share of the Northeast-10 regular season championship. The Falcons reached the NE-10 Tournament final where they fell to Adelphi.
On Thursday, Nov. 20, Bentley has a rematch with Adelphi in Bridgeport, Conn, in the first round of the NCAA Div. 2 Women’s Volleyball Championships. This is the team’s 12th trip to the tournament and first since 2009.
Pacis took over for Hoffman, whom the award is named, just before the season after the longtime coach stepped aside for health reasons, according to the announcement from the Bentley Athletics Department.
This is the third time the Pacis has earned NE-10 Coach of the Year honors as he was recognized in 2007 and 2008 while coaching at Merrimack.
Along with their coach, four Bentley players received all-Conference honors. Senior setter Alex Tator (Los Angeles, Calif./Marlborough School) and junior outside hitter Jaci Buscher (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain High School) were voted to the All-Northeast-10 second team, senior middle blocker Savannah Dominguez (Miami, Fla./Palmer Trinity School) was a third-team selection and sophomore Lauren Van Buren (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa High School) was chosen for the All-Rookie team.