Jonathan Scott has been promoted to the role of head coach for the Point Loma Nazarene University volleyball program, said athletic director Ethan Hamilton on June 13.
“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Jon’s strengths and expertise,” said Hamilton. “I believe that he has a great mind for volleyball, and I am excited to support him in leading our program. Jon is a tremendous fit for PLNU, and I am confident that we will continue to excel moving forward both on and off the court.”
Scott will move from his role of associate head coach to take over the top spot for the Sea Lions.
Scott has been a familiar face on the sidelines for the Sea Lions over the past three seasons. He helped Point Loma go 60-34 in his three seasons since joining the team in 2011, which included going 30-7 in 2013 and capturing the NCCAA Championship. Scott has excelled in the scouting, training and strategy with the team, and now he will get the opportunity to lead them.
“I am deeply humbled at this opportunity,” said Scott. “My wife, Jamie, and I are so very grateful to Ethan (Hamilton) and Point Loma for putting such a wonderful team in my care.
“I also want to thank Sarah Gustin for the amazing three-plus years we had together,” he said. “She laid the foundation of an exciting volleyball team comprised of amazing young women. The character and culture of this team are second to none, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish moving forward. Point Loma is a truly special place, and to be able to call it home is a wonderful feeling.”
Following the Sea Lions’ successful 2013 season, Scott was also named one of the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 recipients. The award was created by the AVCA to honor 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches 30 years old or younger in the sport at all levels of the game. Scott was one of just three coaches in NCAA Division II to earn the honor.
The Sea Lions will return 11 letterwinners, including all seven starters next season.
POINT LOMA NAZARENE EARNS PacWest MAKE-A-WISH AWARD
For the first time in school history, Point Loma Nazarene University received the Pacific West Conference Make-A-Wish Award. The award recognizes PacWest institutions and their Student Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) for excelling in their efforts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Showing a commitment to this worthy cause, PLNU raised nearly $5,800 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the year. The amount was the fourth-highest ever for a PacWest school, trailing only Grand Canyon’s three award-winning totals from the last three years.
“With the departure of reigning Make-A-Wish Award champion Grand Canyon, this award was up for grabs this year, and Point Loma rose strongly to the top,” said PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue. “The outstanding effort by the Sea Lion student-athletes showcased the school’s community involvement, hard work, compassion and commitment to this important and worthy cause.”
Hamilton said he was also very proud of the efforts made at PLNU to support this outstanding cause.
“I want to commend our SAAC and their advisor, Sarah Gustin,” said Hamilton. “This is outstanding work by our student-athletes and athletic department. A special thanks also needs to be made to assistant athletic director Steve Riddle and his personal commitment to raise funds for this goal.”
Gustin, who is also the assistant athletic director for Academic and Student Affairs/ SWA, said she could not be more proud of her SAAC group, but was also very thankful that so many people throughout the PLNU campus that supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation campaign.
“I am very proud of our SAAC group this year and the effort they put into our Make-A-Wish fundraising,” said Gustin. “We benefited from partnerships with faculty and staff members who were motivated by the cause, and that helped make us successful. Our success this year has already led to bigger goals in the future. We also formed a partnership with Wishmakers on campus late in the year, and that will be a tremendous partnership for SAAC, Point Loma and Make-A-Wish San Diego moving forward.”
PLNU HOSTS FULL SLATE OF SUMMER CAMPS
The Point Loma Athletic Department will offer a number of camps in all sports over the summer to help assist local youth in their skill development. There will be three soccer camps, five baseball camps, seven basketball camps and an elite volleyball camp. Camps will began June 13 and last through the middle of August. For a complete list of summer camps being offered at PLNU visit www.plnusealions.com/camps.
HONEA EARNS PRESTIGIOUS CoSIDA ACADEMIC HONORS
Lindsay Honea completed a successful four-year career at Point Loma by capturing the National Christian College Athletic Association heptathlon championship, but now she is also being recognized for her outstanding work in the classroom, as she was named to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Track & Field Team.
Honea compiled a 3.56 grade-point average over four years as a liberal studies major to be eligible for this top academic honor. She Has also earned three NCCAA All-American honors this season and was an NCCAA Academic All-American. Honea set career-best marks this season in the 800-meter dash, as well as the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles.
To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be a starter or important reserve. They must maintain a 3.30 grade-point average throughout their undergrad and graduate work. They also must have reached sophomore status and must have completed at least one calendar year at the institution. The nominees are voted onto the all-district team based on both their academic and athletic prowess.
NORDGREN NAMED AN NCCAA ALL-AMERICAN
Tyler Nordgren’s fantastic senior season has caught the eye of coaches throughout the country, as he was voted a second team All-American by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
Nordgren was a consistent cog for the Sea Lions at third base and in the middle of the order throughout the season. Nordgren led Point Loma with 18 doubles, five home runs, 46 runs batted in and 27 walks in 49 games.
He also tied for the team lead with a .356 batting average while posting a
.441 on-base percentage and a .542 slugging percentage. He also added three stolen bases and 21 runs scored.
Nordgren recorded 10 multi-RBI games, including three contests with four or more RBIs. He also posted 17 multi-hit games, with three or more hits in nine of those games.
He recorded a season-best nine-game hitting streak and had an RBI in all but one series this season.
Nordgren started all 49 games for PLNU at third base and was second on the team with 91 defensive assists.
This is the first All-American honor for Nordgren. He was also named to the PacWest all-conference first team and to the NCCAA and NCBWA All-West region squads.