May 26, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach Pete Hanson of the Ohio State mens volleyball team has been honored by Volleyball Magazine as its Coach of the Year. Hansons squad finished the season with a 25-2 overall record, the best in the country. The Buckeyes won the regular season Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship with a 10-0 mark. OSU finished the regular season ranked No. 1 by Volleyball Magazine. The Buckeyes defeated 12 of 14 ranked teams this season, including No. 1 Pepperdine. OSU lost its third match of the season to defending national champion Stanford, ended the season with a loss to Loyola (Ill.) in the semifinals of the MIVA Tournament and inbetween won 23 consecutive matches.
Hanson has completed 14 years at the helm of the Buckeyes. His squads have an overall record of 262-187. They have won the regular season MIVA Championship six times and made three appearances in the NCAA Championship.
Volleyball Magazine also honored three Ohio State student-athletes as All-Americans. Setter Angel Aja (So., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) was named to the second team, outside hitter Jeff Koterba (Sr., Martinsville, New Jersey) to the third team and middle hitter Ren Esteves (So., San Juan, Puerto Rico) as an honorable mention selection.
Koterba has been further honored on the academic side. He was named to the second team GTE Academic All-District IV squad as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The civil engineering major has also been named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.