Warrior Women's Volleyball
Lewis-Clark State College
Coach Kip Yoshimura
Lewis-Clark State College
Kip Yoshimura enters his seventh season at Lewis-Clark State College, hoping to continue the success of the Warrior volleyball program. In the past six years, Yoshimura has guided the Warrior volleyball program to national prominence, compiling a 171-55 overall record, including a 32-7 record last season and a visit to the NAIA National Tournament final four. The programs best mark under Yoshimura was in 1996 when the Warriors were 35-4. His teams have captured three Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference titles (1994, 1996, 1997), the 1996 NAIA/Pacific Northwest Region championship (and three NAIA Region/District runner-up finishes), and have earned four trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The Warrior volleyball program has been ranked nationally in the NAIA polls in each of the past six seasons, maintaining a Top 10 NAIA ranking throughout the 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons, and Yoshimura is currently seventh overall in the nation in NAIA winning percentage at .757.
Warrior Gymnasium, the home of the Warriors, has been good to Yoshimuras Warrior teams. LCSC is 52-6 at home over the last six seasons, a winning percentage of .896
His players have earned a total of nine All-America, including NAIA First Team and Pacific Northwest Region Players of the Year Kelli Harris (1996) and Kymm Lingnaw (1997), six Scholar-Athlete All-America, 16 All-Region, and 25 All-Conference honors. Individually, Yoshimura has been selected as the Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year three times, and as the AVCA/Tachikara Pacific Northwest Region Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
A native of San Jose, Calif., he has coached at some of the highest levels in the sport. Starting as a student assistant in the 1983 for the womens team at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., Yoshimura has worked his way through the ranks of the volleyball coaching profession. During the 1988 and 1989 seasons he coached as an assistant with the Cal State Long Beach womens program that compiled a 58-12 record and won the 1989 NCAA Division I National Championship. In 1991 he spent the year as first assistant at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and for the 1992 season held the same position at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
During the spring of 1991, Yoshimura was selected as an assistant coach to train in Kobe, Japan with former U.S.A. National Team head coach, Arie Selinger, and a select group of collegiate coaches and athletes. He has also spent the last fourteen seasons working as a coach and director of a variety of elite United States Volleyball Association Junior Olympic developmental programs which over time has produced more than 65 collegiate volleyball scholarship athletes. Currently, Yoshimura coaches the Snake River Juniors.
Yoshimura, a graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach (B.S., Mechanical Engineering), also enjoyed a successful playing career. As a starting setter for West Valley College mens team, he helped guide the program to a 31-5 record during the 1983 and 1984 seasons, gaining All-Northern California honors his sophomore year. At San Jose State University, Yoshimura spent two years as the starting setter for the SJSU Mens Intercollegiate Club team.
Yoshimura has served as the Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball chair, and as the NAIA/Pacific Northwest Region representative from 1994 to 1998. Last fall he was named as the the first ever mens varsity volleyball coach at Lewis-Clark State College. Among his other duties include teaching a variety of physical education courses.
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