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2018 SMDR Coach of the Year: Karen Chisum

2018 SMDR Sports Awards
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Texas State volleyball head coach Karen Chisum led the Bobcats to a place they had never been to — the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

Texas State won the Sun Belt regular-season championship, conference tournament title and earned a berth into the NCAA tournament. 

And with a 3-1 win over Rice on Nov. 29, the Bobcats won their first ever NCAA tournament match. 

“Needless to say that I’m excited for these gals, the maroon and gold and Bobcat nation is an understatement,” Chisum said after the Texas State’s historic win. “They’ve worked hard. Needless to say, all year long … They’ve done a great job you guys. It’s been fun."

The Bobcats finished the season with a 27-7 overall record and a 15-1 conference mark. Chisum was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year and AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year. 

After a historic season, Chisum is the Daily Record’s Coach of the Year. 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Texas State Softball head coach Ricci Woodard 

Woodard and the Bobcats put together an outstanding season. Texas State won the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championship. The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA tournament, where their run ended in the Los Angeles regional. 

Under Woodard’s leadership, Texas State finished the year with a 43-16 record and went 18-5 during conference competition. Woodard was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year. 

Texas State director of track & field/cross country Jody Stewart

Stewart saw the women’s track & field team complete the Sun Belt triple crown in 2018. After the women’s cross country team won the conference championship in 2017, the indoor track & field team won the Sun Belt title in 2018. 

The Bobcats earned the triple crown on May 13 when they won the final event of the night — the 4x400-meter relay — to beat Arkansas State by a point. 

Texas State Soccer head coach Kat Conner 

Conner guided the Bobcats to a Sun Belt regular-season championship in 2018. 

Texas State finished the season with an 11-5-4 record and an 8-2 conference record. 

Conner was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year for the second straight season. 

San Marcos Softball head coach Cathy Stoughton 

The Lady Rattlers started the season off slow but rallied to win the District 14-6A championship. 

Under Soughton, San Marcos finished with a 14-16 record but went 9-2 during district play to earn their first district championship since 2015.